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Contemporary Jewish Museum

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Address: 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3113
Phone Number: 415-655-7800

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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The exibition of Stanley Kubrick it's really cool and the building is really beautiful outside and inside. You should go there only for the work with all the planets.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Tommaso F
Pontedera, Italy
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Pontedera, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The exibition of Stanley Kubrick it's really cool and the building is really beautiful outside and inside. You should go there only for the work with all the planets.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a beautiful building and the Kubrick exhibit was well done and intriguing. The docents were knowledgeable and quite helpful. It is unusual without a permanent collection, but the day was certainly informative and we would go again when they mount a different exhibit.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Three exhibits were in place, the focal one being a Stanley Kubrick retrospective. *The other two consisted of a 2 piece art exhibit utilizing sand from the Negev Desert and the other was an animated dance displayed on TV screens to the sound of Tanya Hardy's Olympic performance. They gave it a Hebrew name "Havurata" I guess so they could... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

loved the Stanley Kubrick movies but there is much more. love the jewish heritage food in the cafetaria, discussions on modern Judaism were very valuable

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was visiting San Fran from NYC for a film festival. Once arriving in San Fran we decided to walk around and stumbled on the the Contemporary Jewish Museum when we saw a huge sign that said Kubrick from across the street. We had to go. It was the best part of our trip! There is so much to see from... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

This exhibition is a fantastic collection of some of Kubrick's personal film memorabilia. It includes costumes from many of his movies (including The Shining) and letters people sent to him. It has his director's chair and cameras and lenses. It is very well set out and progresses chronologically by film which includes includes Spartacus, Lolita, Dr Strangelove, 2001: A Space... More 

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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

The only exhibit was Stanley Kubrick which was an amazing exhibit however we were expecting artifacts from Jewish history since it is a museum or at least art from Contemporary Jewish artists. The gift shop has the best collection of Challah bread covers made in Jerusalem and a well stocked variety of menorahs and mezuzahs.

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Piedmont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

The CJM is a premier museum of contemporary Jewish culture. Unlike otherJewish Museums that mostly focus on historic ritual items or historic events such as the Holocaust, the CJM hosts impressive traveling exhibits and locally developed programs that reflect the unique Jewish history of the Bay Area. On our two most recent visits we had a chance to see a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

I wanted to vist the cartoon museum close by - which had been closed for some months and the MOMA was re-opening a couple of weeks later, so it was not on my schedule. But wow - what a great surprise. From the beautifil building (old powerstation with an extension by Daniel Libeskind) to the exhibitions (concert promotor Bill Graham)... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Whether you live in the Bay Area or are visiting, don't miss a visit to this extraordinary exhibit: Bill Graham's journey from Berlin —escaping the Nazis, to the Bronx to The Fillmore —is a visual musical history of Rock and Roll. The CJM itself is a fascinating architectural edifice combining a PG&E station and Danial Libeskind's Yud Gallery which houses... More 

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