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Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Downtown)
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Ranked #165 of 375 Attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Specialty Museums
Description: This museum houses fascinating and sometimes controversial exhibits on Jewish history and culture.
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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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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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374 reviews 374 reviews
73 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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
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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644 reviews 644 reviews
226 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 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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Silver Spring, Maryland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Visited the museum after Christmas on a Saturday and was disappointed in the limited collection and the cost for entrance. Only two exhibits worth noting - one on a children's book illustrator and another on the connection between Jewish culture and its influence on Black Music. The most interesting think we found in the museum was the section on Storybook... More

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New York
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395 reviews 395 reviews
98 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

but well worth an hour on its two floors. Its well located and a building with character. Its edgy and shows far more than the traditional face of Jewish History and Culture

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bc canada
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139 reviews 139 reviews
27 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Not that I expected a whole lot, based on advice from locals, but I did expect more. This is a repurposed building- quite interestingly redone. They get full marks there. The four exhibits ranged from a Utopian exhibit- with a couple of interesting absurdist films and a lot of allusions to Kibbutz history, to a look at cartoons/illustration/poetry by Arnold... More

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