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“Surprising museum”

Contemporary Jewish Museum
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Ranked #126 of 550 things to do in San Francisco
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Owner description: This museum houses fascinating and sometimes controversial exhibits on Jewish history and culture.
Philadelphia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Surprising museum”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

Loved this museum which is more of an experience than a traditional museum. "California Dreamin'" tells the experience of the Establishment of the Jewish Community in the state, beginning with the gold rush. Artifacts helped to illustrate the story, and wher not overwhelming. This is the story about the people. Upstairs, I was surprised to see an almost bare room; spent lots of time listening to "Black Sabbath" about the influence of Jewish music on Black music, and magnificent recordings by black musicians of Jewish music. Finally, the new photo exhibit showed an interesting perspective of Jewish photographers as they examined the people living in the first half of the 1900s. Spent two hour there, and took a short,but interesting tour of California Dreamin. Well worth the visit.

Visited October 2012
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Tampa, Florida, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful little visit”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

The best part of the trip was the exhibit 'Do not destroy the trees'. A wonderful collection of art works that make you look them in different angles. Depending on the angle you are looking several of the art works change. Very clever and thought provoking.

Visited August 2012
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Charleston, South Carolina
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238 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Interesting insight”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

Lovely spot, some wonderful, thoughtful exhibits. One, all about trees, really hit home since we had just visited the redwoods. Another, about Jewish history in the bay area, was very interesting and informative. Worth a stop.

Visited August 2012
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Greenville, South Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
1,276 reviews
329 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 327 helpful votes
“Small, but very Interesting”
Reviewed June 21, 2012

A wonderful Jewish experience and very well done.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum is small, but full of interesting things and art work.
The "Trees" exhibit turned out to be better then we thought and thought provoking.
The Black Sabbath section was wonderful and very emotional. Brought back great memories. It's a must stop by and listen.
The museum shop was full of everything for children and adults.

Visited June 2012
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
354 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“An Interesting Visit”
Reviewed June 1, 2012

this museum is a must for us in san francisco, always full of surprises and close to the SFMOMA. Trees were the subject this month and wonderfully done, with a great tour by a friendly and knowledgeable staff member

Visited May 2012
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