Interview with ruth weiss

Beat poet ruth weiss discusses her life as a poet. Videography and editing by Noémie Sornet

Jack Kerouac Once Again Walks the Streets of North Beach

Jack Kerouac Once Again Walks the Streets of North Beach

The North Beach branch of the San Francisco Public Library will be moving into their new building later this year. There are a number of large format photographs of Jack Kerouac that have been gracing their walls for the last few years. Last week the SFPL donated those items to The Beat Museum. The great […]

Neal Cassady’s Gas Station

Neal Cassady’s Gas Station

When I first moved to California with IBM back in 1988, we moved into a beautiful neighborhood called Almaden, a little south of San Jose. Right next door was the town of Los Gatos, the home of Neal and Carolyn Cassady. I didn’t meet the Cassady family for another five years but I spent a […]

Beatnik Photowalk

Nearly 100 photographers joined the Contemporary Jewish Museum on a tour led by The Beat Museum Director Jerry Cimino from North Beach to the exhibition “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg.” Click here for a digital version of the walking tour Map

Cats: The Beat Generation’s Secret Love Affair – CJM Blog

The Contemporary Jewish Museum writer Melanie Samay and photographer Rod Kilpatrick have teamed up with the San Francisco SPCA to create this tribute to the felines in the lives of the Beat Generation: Cats: The Beat Generation’s Secret Love Affair »

Happy 60th Anniversary, City Lights

With great respect and admiration, the Beat Museum congratulates Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights Booksellers and Publishers as they, North Beach—and indeed the entire literary world—celebrate 60 years in business! Since 1953, City Lights has been a tireless champion of the free exchange of ideas, and a stalwart defender of free expression. If you’re reading […]

In Memoriam: Arthur Knight

In Memoriam: Arthur Knight

December 29, 1937 – Septmber 7, 2012 Arthur Winfield Knight passed away on September 7, 2012, of liver cancer. He was 74. Arthur was an educator, having spent over thirty years teaching English and Creative Writing. To Beat Generation fans he will always be remembered as a scholar and publisher who kept the Beats alive […]

On the Road Around the World – Closing Photo Shoot

For the last year and a half we’ve showcased a magnificent exhibition called On The Road Around the World. It consisted of a hundred copies of On The Road in over twenty-five different languages. It testified to the staying power and reach of Kerouac’s work.  You’ve probably heard that when Truman Capote was asked about […]

The Beat Museum on Jeopardy!

You’re nobody until you’re on Jeopardy!, they say.  If that’s true, then the word is definitely out, because ‘The Beat Museum in North Beach’ was featured as an answer on last night’s Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions (at about the 6:12 mark in the clip below):

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