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The Beat Museum here in North Beach is probably not worth a trip out of your way to go to (meaning it’s pretty lame). It’s close to City Lights though, which is worth your time and more.

They do have Dharma Bum shirts and “angelheaded hipster” buttons, which I thought were cool. It’s more of a shop than a museum, for sure.


Jack Kerouac wrote the manuscript for the now classic Beat Generation novel On the Road within a 20-day period in New York City in 1951 employing “spontaneous prose,� a nonstop, unedited style inspired by letters from his friend Neal Cassady. Kerouac’s manuscript is a 120-foot long scroll consisting of a series of single-spaced typed twelve-foot long rolls of paper that have been taped together. Thirty-six feet of the original manuscript will be exhibited along with an overview of Kerouac’s life and other works, a brief history of the Beat movement and Beats in San Francisco, told through photos, books and ephemera.

This manuscript is on loan from the collection of James S. Irsay. © Estate of Anthony G. Sampatacacus and the Estate of Jan Kerouac. Sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

January 14 – March 19, 2006
Main Library, Lower Level, Jewett Gallery
100 Larkin Street (at Grove)

Related Programs:
Kerouac’s On the Road: From East to West
Gerald Nicosia, author of Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac, discusses the life of Jack Kerouac, his classic book On the Road and Kerouac’s connection to San Francisco.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Main Library, Lower Level, Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin Street (at Grove)

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