the Tenderloin Museum

Tenderloin Museum (c) 2018 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

Not on many bucket lists, consider a walk through the Tenderloin when you're in San Francisco. A gritty part of the city, you'll see people living on the streets. There has been no gentrification here, the residents having organized decades ago to prevent the development of luxury hotels and sleek modern office buildings.

We visited the Tenderloin Museum during our stay in the city last weekend. Located in the very heart of the neighborhood, on the corner of Eddy and Leavenworth, this small, well organized museum sets forth the history of neighborhood and its cultural impact on the city. A few insights I took away from my visit:

  • Countless musical greats have played and recorded here. 
  • The Tenderloin has been a center of LGBTQ activism.
  • A dying congregation with just 35 members — Glide Memorial Church — began its ministry of service to the Tenderloin under the leadership of Rev. Cecil Williams, growing into the powerhouse church it is today with a membership of 10,000.

San Francisco visitors will always shop on Union Square, take the ferry out to Alcatraz, ride the cable cars, and visit Golden Gate Park. Definitely do those things when you visit, but consider also the path less traveled. 

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