The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Where
736 Mission St, San Francisco , CA
Call
415.655.7800
Contact
Email
Web
The Contemporary Jewish Museum Website
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Hours
Mon-Tue (11am-5pm)
Wed (closed)
Thu (11am-8pm)
Fri-Sun (11am-5pm)

About

The Museum and its Mission
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. Throughout its history, the Museum has distinguished itself as a welcoming place where visitors can connect with one another through dialogue and shared experiences with the arts.

Photo by Mark Darley

In 1990, the success of the Museum prompted its leadership to plan for a more expansive facility to meet the growing interests of the local community. The Museum began formally exploring real estate options when the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (1994-1995) invited the Museum to develop the historic Jessie Street Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Power Substation, a 1907 landmark designed by architect Willis Polk, who remains extremely.


In 1998, the Museum selected architect Daniel Libeskind to design its new home. Envisioned as a dynamic and welcoming space, the new 63,000-square-foot facility was planned to be a place to experience art, music, film, literature, debate, and — most importantly — other people. Daniel Libeskind's design for the Museum does not simply house this programmatic vision; it enables and inspires it.

Grand Lobby. Photo by Bruce Damonte

Embracing a range of artistic disciplines and media, the Museum’s exhibition program includes contemporary art and historical objects, film and music, conversations, lectures, literary readings, and other live performance. Dynamic and ever-changing, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is a non-collecting institution that partners with national and international cultural institutions to present exhibitions that are both timely and relevant and that represent the highest level of artistic achievement and scholarship. At the heart of our programs is a focus on education and outreach to the broader community with the goal of fostering interfaith and intercultural dialogues.
The Museum officially opened the doors to its new building on June 8, 2008 with a community-wide celebration.

Articles

  • Curious George

    A Remarkable Tale
    11/16/2010 by Stephanie Orma

    A new exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum features nearly 80 original drawings combined with fascinating behind-the-scenes stories....  More »

  • Theres a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak

    Wildly Wonderful
    09/18/2009 by Ann Taylor

    Many of us grew up with Max and his wolf suit, wishing that we, too, could go and rule where the wild things are, far away from the everyday problems of family and school and being a kid. The Contempo...  More »

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