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Address: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone Number: +1 415-655-7800

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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Good guided tours

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 2 weeks ago
Lucy H
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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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San Francisco, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very convenient to visit just a block South of Market Street. Easily viewed within an hour plus, because of the small-ish space. Really liked the "Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival" exhibit, a local favorite.

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Wall, South Dakota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Saw the Kubrick exhibit, which is good and comprehensive. I was hoping for a more complete collection that reflected something about the history and culture of the local Jewish community, so I was quite disappointed to learn that there is no permanent collection here. Probably won't return.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

I didn't know where the museum was or what it was like, but I was interested specifically in seeing the Kubrick exhibit. What a pleasant surprise. I visited San Francisco on a sunny fall day. The courtyard was beautiful and bustling with people passing through. It is very good urban design. The building itself is a little tucked in but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 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 September 24, 2016 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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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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