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Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Downtown)
415-655-7800
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Ranked #150 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum houses fascinating and sometimes controversial exhibits...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum houses fascinating and sometimes controversial exhibits on Jewish history and culture.
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new york
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701 reviews 701 reviews
245 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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120 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 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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144 reviews 144 reviews
28 attraction reviews
246 helpful votes 246 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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New York City, New York
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233 reviews 233 reviews
58 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

I check out their website. I drive from Palo Alto to San Fran for this museum and find out when I arrive that the fee is only $5 because they are in between exhibits. But, not all is lost, as there is one exhibit (actually 2, but the second one was a small room that looked like elementary school dioramas... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I went there in June to see a photography exhibition and I thought it was fantastic. The music in the background, the link between photos and videos, books in the middle of the big halls... It was very good, and really made to be interesting. I really recommend to go. Also, the whole area around is quite nice to see!... More 

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New York City, New York
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14 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

I first went online and thought that their current exhibits were a bit boring. So we stuck with just the gift store and snack venue. They had some interesting items, including some places with Marc Chagall on them and many fine candlesticks. It was worth going in just for that. They have a mini lunch area, with some tasty food... More 

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Modesto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

We enjoyed a docent tour of the MOMA exhibit. The building is itself is worth the visit. There were two other small exhibits which again were well-done.

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