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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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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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Peaceful atmosphere with lovely relaxing light

I love this place and have now been here on 3 separate visits. Always educational and uplifting, makes me want to write and create.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love this place and have now been here on 3 separate visits. Always educational and uplifting, makes me want to write and create.

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Sydney, Australia
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114 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is home to an amazing art installation with several different attractions which change from time to time. There is an interesting bookshop and a cafe with traditional Jewish food as well as a splendid place for children to play.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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567 reviews
161 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Amy Winehouse exhibit from London Jewish Museum interesting and sad and gives a good sense of her; havruta exhibit, too weird and not particularly interesting; another exhibit was closed as they prepare for a new show; and the sculpture exhibit I saw featured on their website, alas, was a single sculpture, albeit interesting. Phenomenal architecture, thx Mr. Liebskind, so really... More 

Thank PlatinumHoney
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We went to the CJM since the Museum of Modern Art was closed for refurbishment. It had an entry fee, so we expected something quite extensive. There was an interesting exhibition about Amy Winehouse, which as Brits, we quite enjoyed, though it was fairly small. There was also an interesting exhibition on Space, Time and Beauty. Then we wandered round... More 

Thank Peter L L
Stephentown, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Fantastic architecture, beautifully curated exhibits, and you can't get more contemporary - we saw a terrific exhibit on Amy Winehouse including her school uniforms and family photos, heard Don Ed Hardy speak about her tattoos and his life in tattooing, enjoyed some archive video and photos of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass... and rather enjoyed the rest of the exhibits too -... More 

Thank KimMcMann
San Jose, California
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

As a Jewish woman who was raised in San Francisco I was thrilled when I read that a Jewish Museum would join the other diverse, informative and educational museums in the City. I've visited Jewish Museums in other cities and countries and always learned something new. Having studied the Jewish contributions to San Francisco and California, I was anxious to... More 

Thank Rebelliot
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

They had some interesting pieces of art. The Amy Weinhouse exhibit was showing when were there. I was not really into Amy Weinhouse' s music but she had an interesting life growing up. It help you to see another side to her life. I enjoy that exhibit

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Not the easiest place to find since the street is now for walking only. The area is quite nice but didn't find too many interesting, well presented things to look at. Left after about 15 minutes.

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Pleasant Hill, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I was expecting something more on the line of the Jewish Museum in DC or the Simon Wiesenthal Center in LA. This is a very small exhibit area. We had a great docent for the artwork that was there. Really no history on the Jew's like the other two places I mentioned. Fine for a one-time visit.

Thank travelwithpam
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I lucked out and had a docent tour which definitely made this trip more rewarding. We were quite interactive and focused on about 10 exhibits with time left to look around ourselves. I really enjoyed the tour as the docent was kind and brought out the colors of our audience. Most of the people are of Jewish decent and helped... More 

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