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Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Downtown)
415-655-7800
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$58*
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69%
Ranked #150 of 318 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This museum houses fascinating and sometimes controversial exhibits on Jewish history and culture.
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Delray Beach, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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17 reviews 17 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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232 reviews 232 reviews
135 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Top Contributor
393 reviews 393 reviews
81 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

We visited on a Thursday night, when the admission fee drops to $5 per person. It is a good deal and the exhibits-particularly the Mid-Century Modern exhibit. Nice shop too.

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Lafayette, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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237 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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