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In-Person Walking Tours – No Tours Currently Available

Our three revamped Barbary Coast Trail Walking Tours begin at the SFHS Museum, 608 Commercial Street. These walks explore “ground zero” of early San Francisco. Each tour is scheduled one time per month, October through December. Barbary Coast Trail tours are free for members, $20 for non-members (under 13 is free), but you must register in advance. Limited to 15 people or less. Rain cancels.

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*** No Tours Currently Available ***

*** Current SFHS Members please RESERVE your spot for current tours: CLICK HERE! ***

*** Non-members please PURCHASE your tickets for any tour: CLICK HERE! ***
$20 per person (under 13 free)
* In case of rain, tours will be rescheduled. More info: erys.gagnez@sfhistory.org

see below for special tour prices for the new Unspeakable Vice Tour



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Starting at the San Francisco Historical Society, we’ll zig zag our way by more than a dozen lost queer bars, concluding with a round of drinks at the site an infamous lesbian hook-up spot on Grant. Hear how the “unspeakable vice” of the Victorians found its place and, through the process, gained a voice. Starts at 608 Commercial St. and ends at Maggy McGary’s pub at 1353 Grant Ave in North Beach. This exciting new tour includes a free drink at Maggy McGary’s, included in the tour price.

Notes: 21+, Limit 1 free drink per guest, Maggy McGary’s end 1353 Grant Ave

Tour Dates, Times, and Guides:

  • Saturday, December 17 at 11:00 am – THIS TOUR IS FULL!

(tour led by Shawn Sprockett)



*** Additional Tour Information  ***

Tour Length:  approximately 90 minutes

Maximum attendees: 15

* In case of rain, tours will be rescheduled. More info: erys.gagnez@sfhistory.org

see above for special tour prices for Unspeakable Vice Tour

*** Current SFHS Members please RESERVE your spot for current tours: CLICK HERE! ***

*** Non-members please PURCHASE your tickets for any tour: CLICK HERE! ***
$20 per person (under 13 free)



Visit Our New Museum Exhibit!

SF Lost Landscapes SFHS exhibit

San Francisco’s Lost Landscapes

This special exhibit showcases an extensive assemblage of rare maps, lithographs, photographs, and paintings of early San Francisco from three private collections.

SF Lost Landscapes SFHS exhibit sponsors


Gold Rush Walks for KidsWalking-tour-san-francisco-historical-society-barbary-coast Gold Rush Walks for Kids

Our trained guides offer free walking tours for elementary school focused on the Gold Rush. This walk directly addresses grade 4 social studies standards, but students in grades 3–6 are welcome to attend. Please call 415-537-1105, Ext. 6, for more details.


Self-Guided Walking Tours

Tours of ‘Old Town’ SF
Not up for an in-person event yet? Give our self-guided walking tours a try. These walks also begin at 608 Commercial Street. You can download them for free on the App Store or Google Play. Search for “City Explorer San Francisco” and look for the walks with the SFHS logo. Or, scan the QR code with your smartphone or tablet.

SFHS Virtual Walking Tours


Self-Guided Tours Led by SF High School Students

Walking Tours of Golden Gate Park!
Walking tours of Golden Gate Park led by San Francisco high school students, the winners of the 2020 Fracchia Prize, are now available as mobile apps. Download the walks for free and start exploring “Everyone’s Park,” with freshly minted historians as your guide. Choose from:

  • “Botany and Horticulture: Symbols of Flourishing Against the Odds” by Winnie Quock, George Washington High School (1st Place Winner)
  • “Horticultural History: Learning About San Francisco’s Past Through the Garden Gems of the City’s Favorite Park” by Indigo Mudbhary, Lick-Wilmerding High School (2nd Place Winner)

* COMING SOON * “It’s a Ringer! One Perfect Day in Golden Gate Park” by 3rd Place Winner Luke Zeponni, Abraham Lincoln High School

SFHS Virtual Walking Tour - Golden Gate Park

*  Special thanks to SFHS Volunteer Gloria Lenhart for creating our mobile history apps. *