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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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Nice museum, but pay attention to what's on exhibit

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Edina, Minnesota
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

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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230 attraction reviews
210 helpful votes 210 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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227 reviews 227 reviews
61 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 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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152 reviews 152 reviews
8 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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60 helpful votes 60 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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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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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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