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Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
| +1 415-655-7800
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Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco California United States
Visit the CJM in Downtown San Francisco San Francisco California United States
Contemporary Art focuses on Jewish Identity San Francisco California United States
Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco California United States
Visit the CJM in Downtown San Francisco San Francisco California United States
Contemporary Art focuses on Jewish Identity San Francisco California United States

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Fri - Tue 11am - 5pm
Thur 11am - 8pm

Contemporary Jewish Museum

While San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum dates back to 1994, it moved into its current location in 2008. The heart of the museum's new home is a 1907 Pacific Gas & Electric power substation, with additions designed by one of architecture's leading figures, Daniel Libeskind. The museum tends to take a thematic and often surprising approach to its subject with, for example, exhibitions of artists inspired by the biblical book of Genesis and others focused on the notable personalities of the Jewish life of California, America and beyond. If you are looking for some unexpected gifts, the museum's store carries updated menorahs, humorous T-shirts and a large selection of books on Jewish culture and history.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 5 years ago

Visit the CJM in Downtown San Francisco

The stunning Contemporary Jewish Museum was once a PG&E power station that world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind transformed in 1998. Today, it functions as an ode to both history and the future. The museum features rotating exhibits that are simultaneously Jewish and San Franciscan, and always human and well-curated. Recently, a collection of poet Allen Ginsberg's photographs told the story of the Beat Generation, and an exhibit on spirituality and art revered the timeless. The CJM also hosts a variety of programs and has discounted entry on Thursday nights.
AFAR Local Expert
over 5 years ago

Contemporary Art focuses on Jewish Identity

The CJM is one of my favorite museums in the Bay Area. The exhibits, focusing on Jewish identity and history through contemporary art, are always thoughtful and innovative. You don't need to be Jewish to find something here that interests and excites. Nearby are cafes, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California Historical Society and the Museum of the African Diaspora. Spend a day exploring all this neighborhood has to offer. Close to Montgomery Street BART train station.