Become a Member of the Beat Museum!
On the 60th anniversary of Allen Ginsberg's first reading of "HOWL," The Beat Museum is excited to announce our new membership program.
Beatnik Shindig Road Trip!
Join us as we check out the space for the future site of the Beatnik Shindig, happening June 26-28th, 2015 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. We’ll also be headed to Napa to pick up 40+ cases of wine for the event!
Gonzo: the photos of Hunter S. Thompson
M+B Photo showcases a selection of Hunter S. Thompson’s photography, several of which Hunter took while spending time with the Hells Angels, researching his eponymous novel, and are seldom seen—including a self-portrait following the beating he took in 1960 (he looks better than expected). Other images from Big Sur, Tijuana, Las Vegas, and Puerto Rico […]
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
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
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 […]
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
SOIFOLLOWJULIAN – Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg Still Creating a Community
“When I was 22 I went on a pilgrimage to Lowell, Massachusetts to visit Kerouac’s home. It was ill planned, we were walking in the snow, there were no signs, and what was worse, no one had even heard of him! I would have given anything for a map with directions of where to go […]
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
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 […]