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Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Downtown)
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Ranked #165 of 375 attractions in San Francisco
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: This museum houses fascinating and sometimes controversial exhibits on Jewish history and culture.
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Lafayette, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I was completely underwhelmed by this museum. There were three paltry and uninteresting exhibits that looked like they were cobbled together at the last minute. I will not return.

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new york
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591 reviews 591 reviews
208 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Nice shop and plaza. Have seen great exhibits here. There is mission confusion between contemporary and Jewish. For me, more context in the signage of current exhibits would have helped. One is on design one is on mah Jong. Did not go to one on black sabbath.

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geneva, switzerland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Loved the place. Very educational and fun at the same time. We will probably go again. I was expecting a sad place like the museum in Washington DC, but it was actually enjoyable.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

Lots and lots of different jewish museums all around that don't have much to offer. Should check other museums for different stuff.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Visited the museum after Christmas on a Saturday and was disappointed in the limited collection and the cost for entrance. Only two exhibits worth noting - one on a children's book illustrator and another on the connection between Jewish culture and its influence on Black Music. The most interesting think we found in the museum was the section on Storybook... More

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New York
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85 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

but well worth an hour on its two floors. Its well located and a building with character. Its edgy and shows far more than the traditional face of Jewish History and Culture

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bc canada
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136 reviews 136 reviews
27 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Not that I expected a whole lot, based on advice from locals, but I did expect more. This is a repurposed building- quite interestingly redone. They get full marks there. The four exhibits ranged from a Utopian exhibit- with a couple of interesting absurdist films and a lot of allusions to Kibbutz history, to a look at cartoons/illustration/poetry by Arnold... More

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New York City, New York
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158 reviews 158 reviews
39 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

I check out their website. I drive from Palo Alto to San Fran for this museum and find out when I arrive that the fee is only $5 because they are in between exhibits. But, not all is lost, as there is one exhibit (actually 2, but the second one was a small room that looked like elementary school dioramas... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I went there in June to see a photography exhibition and I thought it was fantastic. The music in the background, the link between photos and videos, books in the middle of the big halls... It was very good, and really made to be interesting. I really recommend to go. Also, the whole area around is quite nice to see!... More

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New York City, New York
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96 reviews 96 reviews
7 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

I first went online and thought that their current exhibits were a bit boring. So we stuck with just the gift store and snack venue. They had some interesting items, including some places with Marc Chagall on them and many fine candlesticks. It was worth going in just for that. They have a mini lunch area, with some tasty food... More

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