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Contemporary Jewish Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

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SoMa, San Francisco
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    Contemporary Jewish Museum
    "... "Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg" on view through Sept 8."(3 Tips)
    Ava
    "... up, grab lunch at wise sons when you're finished"(2 Tips)
    Gina S.
    "Bank of America Free Admission Day, 1st weekend of the month."(2 Tips)
    Analise T.
    "Free first weekend of every month for BofA customers."(2 Tips)
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  • Alex C.
    Alex CastellanosMarch 30, 2013
    There's a Wi-Fi network called "CJM-Guest" and the password is: welcometocjm
  • Corrie D.
    Corrie DavidsonAugust 12, 2013
    Get some lunch at the (Jewish) deli downstairs and then wander through the exhibits. The gift shop is a random mix of high-end pieces from Israel and tourist junk like the Grumpy Cat book.
  • Greg M.heart icon on user image
    Greg MonaghanAugust 4, 2013
    First weekend of each month is free for all who have a Bank of America Visa (debit or credit). Very nice museum. We'll be back.
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    Wilson Favre-DelerueOctober 31, 2016
    First exhibition seen here: Kubrick in the summer/fall of 2016, great museography with a perfect flow around his filmography and some wonderful set objects and annotated scripts.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    This is the place for inspiring architecture and lively discourse. It is just wonderful. Read more
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
    Take a picture with the Allen Ginsberg mural on Yerba Buena Lane, and see the exhibition "Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg" on view through Sept 8.
  • Jenny
    JennyMay 31, 2015
    Quiet Lightning has hosted a couple of literary events here. Great venue, and check out QL if you get the chance
  • FunCheap SF
    FunCheap SFJuly 7, 2014
    Who needs a lunch time break? Grab your coworkers and head over to the Contemporary Jewish Museum for a lunch time party with Twister and games from the 60s. Tue, 7/8, 12-1pm, free. Read more
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
    Impress a date with the fact that you know there are 36 skylights in our Yud Gallery (inside the blue cube), and that the number represents double "chai", the Hebrew word "life." Twice as nice. Read more
  • Michel Alexandre S.heart icon on user image
    Michel Alexandre SalimJanuary 15, 2016
    Cozy avant-garde commentary on modern culture
  • Chinarut R.heart icon on user image
    Chinarut RuangchotvitJanuary 6, 2017
    Be sure to grab the guide booklet for the Negev Wheel & do the exercises - especially 20 breaths!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureSeptember 27, 2013
    This Daniel Libeskind-designed steel-and-brick building is a go-to spot for great architecture.
  • lynn f.heart icon on user image
    lynn friedmanSeptember 27, 2013
    always worth a trip to whatever exhibit- they know how to tell a story - you will be entertained & educated
  • Matt L.heart icon on user image
    Matt LewAugust 23, 2015
    Check out the Amy Winehouse exhibition. Music, clothing, and family in one pink colored room.
  • Kian L.heart icon on user image
    Kian LaviJanuary 13, 2019
    Whether you're a Jew or not, you'll find something interesting at this little museum. Make sure you stop by Wise Sons for a pastrami on rye
  • R L.heart icon on user image
    R LeeOctober 3, 2018
    Small scale but well curated contemporary art that can be fairly easily appreciated.
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesMay 20, 2011
    The main exhibit is Gertrude Stein. The astonishing and overwhelming exhibit is the work of Charlotte Salomon who died at 25 or 26 in Oswieswiecim. Amazing.
  • Christina C.
    Christina CastillejoJanuary 31, 2010
    Wish it was larger, and had more history to it. Went to see Jews on Vinyl and Maurice Sendak drawing exhibit before seeing Where the Wild Things are. Gift shop is great, but expensive. 4/5 stars.
  • Gabe M.
    Gabe MillerMarch 10, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    I see lovers rolling around in the grass or people sitting indian style in the grass eating their lunch. Don't do it. Every square inch of this place is drenched in dog emissions. Lovely plaza though.
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
    If you are lucky enough to attend a program in Goldman Hall, look up. Those aren't random artsy lines decorating the celing, but an interpretation of an old map of Jerusalem.
  • Michael G.heart icon on user image
    Michael GreenbergOctober 21, 2016
    Have lunch in the deli restaurant if you can - the food is all homemade and absolutely delicious!
  • Efe K.
    Efe KahramanJune 1, 2015
    Must attend the public tour. It's quite informative.
  • Alison B.heart icon on user image
    Alison Byrne FieldsMarch 13, 2017
    $14 admission, check out rotating exhibits to see if there is enough of interest to you
  • Nicholas L.
    Nicholas LativyJune 24, 2013
    It's very small inside, if you go close to closing time they let you in for $5 instead of $20. Exhibition of Ginsberg photos is pretty good.
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
    Walk around and experiment with different angles, featuring the blue building off of the museum. It’s one of the more interesting pieces of architecture in the city.
  • Analise T.heart icon on user image
    Analise TorrezMarch 4, 2019
    Free first weekend of every month for BofA customers.
  • Chloe C.heart icon on user image
    Chloe CondonMarch 23, 2016
    The Bill Graham exhibit is spectacular.
  • Keiko T.
    Keiko TsuyamaJuly 12, 2013
    Beat Memories, the photographed of Allen Ginsberg.
  • Bình H.
    Bình HàOctober 30, 2016
    They have discount ($8/adult) every Thursday after 5pm (open until 8pm).
  • Avaheart icon on user image
    AvaAugust 16, 2015
    there are always super interesting shows up, grab lunch at wise sons when you're finished
  • San Francisco City Guides
    San Francisco City GuidesFebruary 24, 2012
    Starting place for the SF City Guides: South of Market (SOMA) Architectural stroll
  • Sheryl L.
    Sheryl LewisApril 2, 2022
    It’s a beautiful museum with engaging rotating exhibits.
  • Ross S.
    Ross SiegelApril 24, 2011
    Great museum, excellent exhibits and events for all comers.
  • Keiko T.
    Keiko TsuyamaJuly 12, 2013
    Beat Memories--- Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
  • Bettina K.heart icon on user image
    Bettina KFebruary 13, 2015
    Beautiful architecture in the inside and the outside
  • Vansiheart icon on user image
    VansiNovember 1, 2016
    The sand wheels on the ground floor are the best things ever.
  • Meredith H.
    Meredith HolmesDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ezra Jack Keats exhibit is amazing!!!!
  • Barbara S.heart icon on user image
    Barbara SilvermanJanuary 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Interesting exhibit opening Feb 11 called "Our Struggle". French artist Linda Ellia tore up Mein Kempf and asked artists to comment on the pages. Read more
  • lydie t.
    lydie thomasJanuary 5, 2010
    Do not miss their exhibitions, they are always excellent. My children got mesmerized by their exhibition on traditional Jewish Plates. Who could have guessed?
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina CiolinoJanuary 17, 2016
    Great building, but the exhibition left me a little disappointed.
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ OAugust 20, 2013
    De la Paz Coffee café open every day from 8am-4pm
  • Vol T.
    Vol TronApril 11, 2013
    Come here when it's free as it's not worth paying entrance fee.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew ByrneJuly 18, 2012
    #pachakutech tip for c. Jewish foundation
  • Emmanuel N.
    Emmanuel NatafFebruary 20, 2012
    Story of Levi Strauss in the California dreaming exhibition.
  • Emmanuel N.
    Emmanuel NatafFebruary 20, 2012
    The cube is not black! But I let you find out!
  • Robert M.
    Robert MahowaldMay 16, 2012
    The Black Sabbath exhibit is NOT about the band....
  • Evan F.
    Evan FribourgNovember 15, 2009
    Check out the Torah Scribe exhibit. Amazing and interesting.
  • Neneng S.
    Neneng SulailaJanuary 5, 2011
    they are always excellenT
  • Gina S.
    Gina ScialabbaAugust 7, 2011
    Bank of America Free Admission Day, 1st weekend of the month.
  • Sheryl G.
    Sheryl GinsbergFebruary 27, 2012
    Take a tour!
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