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Contemporary Jewish Museum

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Address: 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3113
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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 guided tours

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 21 November 2016
Lucy H
London, United Kingdom
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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Weird. Contemporary art but not really Jewish. Expected at least more Jewish artists or at least some more Jewish content. Building is ok not as nice as other Daniel Libeskind designed museums we have been to. Video project was ok but very amateurish. We were told that the exhibits change and that there are no permanent exhibits.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It took me 20 minutes to see everything. I felt like I wasted my money to really see nothing. The art really wasn't good

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Belmont, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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 7 December 2016

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.

Thank Shira S
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 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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Fort Lauderdale
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

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 9 November 2016

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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Wall, South Dakota
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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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