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Showgirl Magic Museum

In the basement of a San Francisco performing arts center, a small museum dedicated to the history of showgirls. 


The Showgirl Magic Museum, located in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood, is a museum dedicated to showcasing the history of showgirls. Founded and operated by local artist and former showgirl Cynthia Yee, the museum features a collection of authentic showgirl costumes, photographs, and other memorabilia, as well as hosting events such as burlesque performances and lectures on the art of showgirl entertainment.

Showgirls were a popular form of entertainment in Chinatown and other neighborhoods in San Francisco and beyond, known for their elaborate costumes, feather headdresses, and captivating performances. They played a significant role in the cultural and social life of these communities, and the Showgirl Magic Museum preserves and celebrates this important aspect of entertainment history.

The museum is located in the basement of the Clarion Performing Arts Center, With its collection of costumes, hats, jewelry, photographs, and memorabilia, it offers a unique look into the world of showgirls and their role in popular entertainment.

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The museum is open every Saturday from to 2 to 6 p.m., with free entry.

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