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Contemporary Jewish Museum

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Address: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone Number: 415-655-7800
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
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 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 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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