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Contemporary Jewish Museum

Address: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Downtown)
Phone Number: 415-655-7800
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Ranked #142 of 329 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum houses fascinating and sometimes controversial exhibits...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum houses fascinating and sometimes controversial exhibits on Jewish history and culture.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I had never been here, despite going to Yeurba Buena so many times. The architecture is lovely and the exhibits are unexpected. In fact, the connection to Judaism is not obvious at all. This visit, I was really thrilled to see the Arnold Newman photography exhibit. In general, I thought the exhibits were well designed and the didactic materials were... More 

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Scarsdale, New York
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178 reviews 178 reviews
60 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We spent a few hours at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in downtown San Francisco and found the entire experience to be a great treat. While I know that most people do not rave about the restaurants in a museum but we entered the museum quite hungry and had heard about Wise Sons Deli that had opened up there and decided... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This is a very nice, small museum with a great exhibit space. It is unusual as a Jewish museum in that it is dedicated to contemporary art rather than having a Jewish Historical bent. We saw a captivating exhibit of Arnold Newman photographs, and the docent who gave the tour was very good. There is a cafe-deli attached to the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

the exhibition was very small, the subject wasn't interesting, I felt like we waisted our money , we stayed there for 15 min, and left, very disappointed we are a Jewish Family , and we had no connection with the place and the showing

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Tampa, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We enjoyed the free first Tuesday entry today. The Newman photography exhibition is a real find! Great portraiture that appears so casual and spontaneous - and yet, it's quite cerebral, playful and carefully crafted. The Liebskind addition to the old PG&E power plant echos these same sentiments, architecturally.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Visited the Arnold Newman Portraits Exhibit and really enjoyed it. Very small museum but if there is an exhibit you are interested in, definitely visit, not crowded. You could do it in an hour or two at the most, only 2-3 smaller areas for exhibits.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I love the building and wish I had known about it before. It is small but there is alot packed into a small space. Great gift shop although expensive. People are friendly (staff)

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Berkeley, California
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137 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We visited on a Bank of America free weekend...I got in for free but my wife paid. It's an interesting building, former power station that has been repurposed. There were some exhibits on that aspect of the place's history. On the ground floor there were several photos of a Jewish comic (can't recall the name) and an interesting little children's... More 

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glendale
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I just saw the "Desiginng Home" at the CJM. It was my first time there and I really enjoyed it. The museum plaza and the museum itself are beautiful and very easy to navigate. The galleries are spacious and well-designed. I asked a guard for directions and he was extremely friendly and helpful. The museum store is wonderful with a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
31 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I always liked the fact that this Museum celebrates Jewish art and culture, not the terrible history of the Holocaust. The current exhibition illustrates the Jewish contribution to modern architecture, design, furniture, ceramics and textiles. The contribution is immense because many talented people left Germany and settled in the US - sadly the regime in Germany did not understand just... More 

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