Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

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Since its founding in 1984, the Contemporary Jewish Museum has engaged audiences of all ages and backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. The Museum is a welcoming place where visitors can connect with one another through dialogue and shared experiences with the arts.
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  • Small and easy to navigate which makes for a very stress free visit. Took a docent tour of an exhibit which provided much added value to the experience. Great central location and nice gift shop. High...  more »
  • A very nice museum. Small but interesting exhibits. Very neat physical space. Definitely worth the visit. Lovely gift shop with wonderful items, not inexpensive. Have lunch in the deli, it’s pretty go...  more »
  • This small museum has excellent special expositions, so go if one interests you as they do a very good job. It's in the center of San Francisco's newest cultural neighborhood.  more »
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  • Fascinating exploration of modern takes on Jewish culture. The Maggid exhibit was incredible. So many cool modern interpretations of old stories. Don't go there looking for history. It is what it says: contemporary. New art, new ideas, new interpretations, and always changing.
  • Great place to spend a couple hours. Some reviewers are calling this place pricey, but at $14 for adults it’s a much better deal than many other museums in the area (which can run at $25-50 a ticket). They feature a ton of contemporary, local artists and change main exhibitions every few months. I’ll definitely be back!
  • A good museum. Expresses quite a bit about Jewish Art also.
  • Beautiful museum. Four galleries with an eye to diversity. More text than most museums of this type allow visitors to get an insight into the curation of each exhibit and why they have been displayed. I was particularly moved by "The 613" exhibit - both by its context and the content itself. While most museums have gift shops filled with cheap (but expensive) junk, the CJM's shop has a fantastic collection of books and Judaica from Israel and the Bay Area. A must see for anyone with a Jewish heritage for sure, but no prior knowledge is required to get great value from visiting the galleries.
  • smallish museum, but they always have wonderful touring exhibitions. half of the outside of the building looks ominous like a secret villains lair (gift shop side), and the other facade looks like museum. inside -it's not the biggest, but I'm sure you will find a gem or two that will make the trip worth it.

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