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Contemporary Jewish Museum

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Address: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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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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Good place to visit and take the guided tour which explains the concept behind the design and history of the building and exhibitions up to the present day. The upper levels were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 21, 2016
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You certainly don't have to be Jewish to get what this museum is trying to share - that we are all connected as a human race. The exhibits are very 'accessible' in terms of content. Friendly people. Strongly recommend the 11:15 AM docent tour (complimentary). You'll get even more out of the visit. Great gift shop as well. Nice location... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibits were fresh, interesting, and exhibited work by some jewish artists, as well as some jewish themes, but the strictly "Jewish" things like menorahs and seder plates were limited to the museum store. a refreshing, very interesting place. Would definitely return.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely building. No permanent collection so only temporary exhibits which change. Not particularly Jewish surprisingly. The exhibitions we saw were mildly interesting. One on "recollections" and transmitting past group experiences to future generations. Good concept but the works ranged from good to mediocre. Another on eclectic works by a gay Jewish NYC artist quite creative and interesting. All in all... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

This museum makes a serious effort at connecting art, people, memory and history. It challenges one's sensitivity and awareness of the "memory of history". A display of memories shared via art forms - modern art forms. You have to be willing to engage the information card and the art. Need to exercise one's willingness for struggling with and grasping a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Weird. Contemporary art but not really Jewish. Expected at least more Jewish artists or at least some more Jewish content. Building is ok not as nice as other Daniel Libeskind designed museums we have been to. Video project was ok but very amateurish. We were told that the exhibits change and that there are no permanent exhibits.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

It took me 20 minutes to see everything. I felt like I wasted my money to really see nothing. The art really wasn't good

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Belmont, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Very limited display. I would recommend this current show for adults only. i do not feel children would get anything out of the show

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

There are a few exhibits. I didn't find the art compelling at all. The one exhibit that was ok was a sand in a spinning wheel. The gift shop did have lots of great Judaica available. They sell these amazing mezuzas that are imprints of where mezuzas were taken off in Poland.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

Good place to visit and take the guided tour which explains the concept behind the design and history of the building and exhibitions up to the present day. The upper levels were being refurbished so it doesn't take long to get around the ground floor, make sure you have lunch at the wise sons deli on site!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

visited this museum on a rainy day and found it to be of interest. There was a very large circlular motorized wheel filled with sand from Israel. It slowly turned causing the sand to slide down just as it might in a wind blown desert.

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