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Contemporary Jewish Museum

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Address: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone Number: 415-655-7800
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Description: This museum houses fascinating and sometimes controversial exhibits on...
This museum houses fascinating and sometimes controversial exhibits on Jewish history and culture.
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wonderful permanent collection and excellent special exhibits - not just for Jews! small but nice café (noted many outside visitors there just for that)

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is a contemporary art museum at heart, using Jewish themes or ideas derived from Jewish texts and culture. The museum shop is full of arty contemporary jewelry, ritual objects, textiles, toys and unique souvenirs. Though we didn't resonate with every exhibit, we could have spent more time, Also has a cafe, which we didn't visit. And the architecture of... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

wonderful permanent collection and excellent special exhibits - not just for Jews! small but nice café (noted many outside visitors there just for that)

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Mission Viejo, California
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33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

$12 per ticket. the place had NOTHING! I'm telling you -- NOTHING to see. let's see: ground floor - the exhibit consisted of 5 or 6 huge story boards filled with nothing but text. yeah, I want to read a text book. give me a break. why even bother -- there's no way I would remember 2 words. up to... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

Such a lovely building but poor muesium. We were longer in the cafe Wise & Sons which had very good food and in the toilet then viewing the poor exhibits on display. Had no stories relating to Jews of San francisco a library was classified of immense interest by a very SMUG JEN on front desk reception, who when taking... More 

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Benicia, California
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65 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Only go on free day Tuesdays once a month not worth admission paying. It's a odd cube on its corner shapped building next to church and near Bloomingdale's mall. Mostly just a bunch of old black and white video clip home movies and photos on walls of people during 1930's and later early days of Israel but nothing on WW2... More 

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Edina, Minnesota
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59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This was our second visit to the museum. We loved it so much the first time that when we returned to SF on another vacation, we decided to go again. Keep in mind that this is more of a cultural museum. And it's quite small. So if the main exhibit isn't a topic that you're interested in, you won't find... More 

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Singapore
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424 reviews
273 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I happened to be walk past the museum but it was closed for the day. I'm not really sure I would have entered anyway but the museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind, does have a rather unusual but eye-catching exterior. With a partially tilted cube-like structure appearing to merge with another smaller cube already connected to the main building, itself a... More 

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Northern California
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228 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We spent a full day at the museum and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful architecture and wonderful exhibits. A fun surprise was the J. Otto Seibold and his dog, Mr. Lunch, adventure. All ages seemed to enjoy Meet the Puppets and their bright, colorful cast. The photo exhibit of artists and celebrities by Arnold Newman was quite interesting. Remembering some of... More 

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Clifton, New Jersey
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154 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The largest exhibit space changes and the tear down and build up period could be over a month. Without this attraction, there isn't much to see in the museum and is not worth the price of admission.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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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Address: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone Number: 415-655-7800
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa

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