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    Tenderloin Museum plans to open on July 16.

    The new Tenderloin Museum plans to pay tribute to a not-so-glamorous neighborhood when it opens in San Francisco on July 16.

    According to Hoodline, the new facility is a dream that's been eight years in the making for Randy Shaw, who serves as executive director for the Tenderloin Housing Clinic.

    Shaw said the museum will highlight a century of the neighborhood's hidden history of LGBT activism, film work and music culture.

    This includes recordings from The Blackhawk Jazz Club, where jazz luminaries like Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk performed near the intersection of Turk and Hyde Streets as well as nearby Wally Heider Studios, where the Grateful Dead and Santana laid down tracks.

    In addition to historical exhibits, the museum will hold special events that reflect neighborhood character, such as tech talks and Tenderloin-themed film screenings. A robust retail store is in the works, as are walking tours.

    The Tenderloin Museum is located in the Cadillac Hotel at 398 Eddy Street.

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