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Contemporary Jewish Museum

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Address: 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3113
Phone Number: +1 415-655-7800
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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 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
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Belmont, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very limited display. I would recommend this current show for adults only. i do not feel children would get anything out of the show

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are a few exhibits. I didn't find the art compelling at all. The one exhibit that was ok was a sand in a spinning wheel. The gift shop did have lots of great Judaica available. They sell these amazing mezuzas that are imprints of where mezuzas were taken off in Poland.

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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 3 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 4 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 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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SF Bay Area
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 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 17 October 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 24 September 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 13 September 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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