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Address: 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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 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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

We visited principally to see the Bill Graham exibit (Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution) -- which was superb. My wife loved it and, for me, it was a chance to literally revisit my days in SF back in '66 when I'd go to the Fillmore, enjoyed one of Graham's free Thanksgiving dinners... Truly Great. I also enjoyed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

There was a special photo exhibit and it was interesting. There was nothing else to see in the museum but there were fun activities for kids- which we didn't have. It would have been more worthwhile to have had an area with photo and other information about the history of Jewish people in San Francisco. Good deli in the museum.

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San Leandro, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

This is a seasonal exhibit from 3/17/16 to 7/5/16 that's worth checking out. It begins with Bill Graham's early life of escaping the Nazis and then a timeline of photos from the Flower Days of the '60s to Amnesty International of the '80s. Visitors can use their smartphone to scan the QR code and listen to his interviews. There are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016 via mobile

I took my mom to this museum (we visit all Jewish museums when we travel). I love the architecture of this building. The one downfall is there are no permanent exhibits so it's a bit small. The was really only one exhibit albeit comprehensive, Roman Vishniac. It was definitely worth seeing. I am all for supporting the Jewish museums so... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

We had a nice visit to the Jewish Museum. First, it is in an architecturally interesting building. There are both permanent and temporary exhibits. We found the pictures by Roman Vishniac very interesting. They document Jewish life in New York, Europe. ]I also liked his pictures of items taken under the microscope - such as larvae, mold, crustacean eyes and... More 

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