The nearest you can get to the total Beat understanding without violating a law. The 1000 or more antiques in this current exhibition hall’s artistic ephemera assortment incorporate the grand (the prohibited version of Ginsberg’s Howl, with the creator’s own comments) and the crazy (those Kerouac bobblehead dolls are clear head-shakers). On the first floor, watch Beat-time films in dilapidated performance center seats fragrant with the smells of scholarly monsters, pets, and pot. Higher up, offer your appreciation at altars to singular Beat journalists. A seismic retrofit may mean terminations; call ahead.
Enter the gallery through the connecting exhibition hall store, supplied with verse chapbooks and dark Beat titles you won’t find somewhere else. Passage to the store is free, as are readings held here (check the site). You’ll see there’s a dusty old vehicle left ground floor: that is a 1949 Hudson roadster, and it’s secured with dust gathered more than 4000 miles of driving across the nation for the shooting of 2012’s On the Road film. Guided two-hour strolling visits spread the gallery, Beat history, and abstract rear entryways.