Haight-Ashbury Museum of Psychedelic Art and History Could Become San Francisco's First Psychedelic Museum (VIDEO)

02/17/2012 05:53 pm ET | Updated Feb 18, 2012

They say if you can remember the 1960s, you weren't really there. Now some San Franciscans are hoping to create something that will do much of that remembering for you.

A local group is hoping to establish the Haight-Ashbury Museum of Psychedelic Art and History--a physical repository of artifacts and exhibits celebrating the golden age of hippiedom.


Approximately 16 million tourists flock to San Francisco every year, many of whom are attracted by the city's rich counter-cultural history. However, not only is there no museum in the city solely dedicated to that history, there's likely no such institution anywhere in the world.

As SFist noted, the museum is hoping to raise $30,000 to build the museum, which will be entirely supported by donations from the public without any government support.

"Something magical was happening in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, a grand sociology experiment was underway," explained legendary activist Peter Coyote in a video promoting the project. "A diverse bunch of bold, inventive and daring idealists were experimenting with new ways of interacting and living with each other and, in the process, these free-thinkers--with their ideals of love, freedom, peace and creativity--attracted international attention and radically impacted and shaped the united states and the world forever."

The group explained its intentions on an IndieGoGo fundraising page:

A non-profit community supported museum will permanently cement San Francisco as the home of psychedelia. Our intention is for the museum to become an attraction in and of itself that will educate and inspire visitors for generations to come to reinvent the world according to how they want to live.

At present, the museum group has only raised a little over $1,000 toward its goal, so it's clearly going to be a long, strange trip before it has adequate funds to turn this vision into a reality.

Check out this slideshow of some classic pictures from the Haight-Ashbury's hippie heyday:


San Francisco's Hippie Heyday
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