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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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I stopped in to see the Kubrick exhibit and I thought it was well enjoyable . Since the Museum only has three exhibits you don't feel compelled to rush through anything. My only... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I stopped in to see the Kubrick exhibit and I thought it was well enjoyable . Since the Museum only has three exhibits you don't feel compelled to rush through anything. My only complaint would be that, with the exception of a brief mention of his origins in Brooklyn there was no connection between Kubrick and anything Jewish. I didn't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting this exhibit was a dream come true. The museum was very lovely and the staff were helpful. So pleased I was able to stand amongst artefacts from Kubrick's phenomenal career. A must see for fans while it lasts!

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We've been members for a few years and enjoy checking out the different exhibits. We always learn something new...plus the gift shop has unique jewelry! Try the restaurant while you are there....the potato salad is amazing and we had the best sandwiches!

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Pontedera, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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