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Best New Museum 

Tenderloin Museum

What is a museum if not a vehicle to challenge our perceptions of the world? This is perhaps best exemplified at the Tenderloin Museum, located in the infamous haunt of San Francisco that has perhaps one of the most colorful and important histories of any city neighborhood in the world. Hosting such events as the Volunteer Fair, films like Transgender Tuesdays: A Clinic in the Tenderloin, and guest speakers including Supervisor Jane Kim, the museum has become a cultural powerhouse in just its first year. Exhibits and features have included the history of brothels in the neighborhood; a profile of one of the Tenderloin's true pioneers, the Rev. Cecil Williams and his Glide Memorial Church; the General Strike of 1934; and plenty of musings on the etymology of the area's name. Walking tours of the neighborhood — as one guide says, "You'll enjoy a Fisherman's Wharf tour but you'll most remember a Tenderloin tour" — are also offered in daytime and evening slots. So venture on over to 398 Eddy St. — it's open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. everyday except Mondays — and let your stereotypes be destroyed.

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