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“Inflation of jewish museums”

Contemporary Jewish Museum
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Owner description: This museum houses fascinating and sometimes controversial exhibits on Jewish history and culture.
Istanbul, Turkey
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“Inflation of jewish museums”
Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

Lots and lots of different jewish museums all around that don't have much to offer. Should check other museums for different stuff.

Thank Zaferovski
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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“Not the San Francisco Moma”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

Visited the museum after Christmas on a Saturday and was disappointed in the limited collection and the cost for entrance. Only two exhibits worth noting - one on a children's book illustrator and another on the connection between Jewish culture and its influence on Black Music. The most interesting think we found in the museum was the section on Storybook Project with videos, which was tucked in an alcove. Unless the museum expands its collection, we will not return.

Visited January 2014
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New York
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“Different from typical Jewish Museum”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

but well worth an hour on its two floors. Its well located and a building with character.
Its edgy and shows far more than the traditional face of Jewish History and Culture

Visited December 2013
Thank lgppres
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Bowen Island, Canada
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

Not that I expected a whole lot, based on advice from locals, but I did expect more.

This is a repurposed building- quite interestingly redone. They get full marks there.

The four exhibits ranged from a Utopian exhibit- with a couple of interesting absurdist films and a lot of allusions to Kibbutz history, to a look at cartoons/illustration/poetry by Arnold Lobel (Frog and Toad).

The kibbutz history could have had an illustrated map showing locations and detailed info. on some of the Kibbutzim, but no.

The curating was plain dull, the exhibits generally uninspiring. The StoryCorps is a positive exception, and the Black Sabbath (Jewish-Black musical relations), was again a plus.

But I did not feel ennobled or inspired or want to linger.

Way too bad!

Visited November 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“So disappointing”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

I check out their website. I drive from Palo Alto to San Fran for this museum and find out when I arrive that the fee is only $5 because they are in between exhibits. But, not all is lost, as there is one exhibit (actually 2, but the second one was a small room that looked like elementary school dioramas showing some nexus between the secret musical history of Black-Jewish relations), but the main exhibit was about Kibbutz life...This was OK and the art that supported it of mild interest. But what seriously detracted from this one exhibit was the docent who obviously had been instructed to have an interactive docent experience. As such, we, the small group of visitors in her tow were subjected to childlike questioning and a rather simplistic rendition of kibbutz life...with clearly some of the visitors knowing more than she did. A nice person, no doubt, but this style was truly uninspiring. It would have been nice to actually learn something. A big disappointment. The museum store was pretty good, so can drop in there without even going into the museum. If you go, just make sure there is something that will exceed a blink of the eye experience.

Visited November 2013
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