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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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Birthday Weekend in the Bay

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Los Angeles, California

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San Jose, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

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 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

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 57 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
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.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 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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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Exhibits are really interesting. The building has a fascinating history. Unfortunately, this did not stop Daniel Libeskind to to one more of his "performance" gestures that must have costed a fortune and that does not make sense to the pedestrian and the city.

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brooklyn, ny
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Truthfully I came to see what architect Daniel Libeskind had done to the place more than anything else. (I'm dying to see his Jewish Museum in Berlin.) From the outside I think it's interesting how the cubes intersect with the skyline and the existing structure. Inside, except for the room with the 36 windows in the ceiling it's a pretty... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is a contemporary art museum at heart, using Jewish themes or ideas derived from Jewish texts and culture. The museum shop is full of arty contemporary jewelry, ritual objects, textiles, toys and unique souvenirs. Though we didn't resonate with every exhibit, we could have spent more time, Also has a cafe, which we didn't visit. And the architecture of... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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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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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