Contemporary Jewish Museum

3/5 (2 Reviews)
Learn about the rich background and cultural identity of the Jewish people, through the unique lens of the history of California. The San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum brings you the most interesting Western Jewish facts, art, and anthropology, including a look at the history of Levi’s jeans in the Gold Rush era.
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Founded in 1984, the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum operates by the slogan “connecting art, people and ideas”. This top-notch San Francisco museum explores the history and culture of the Jewish people, with a particular focus on California’s Jewish population. The CJM partners with both national and international cultural organizations to present exhibits that are timely and relevant, with a deep focus on “the highest level of artistic achievement and scholarship.” The building is indeed a hub of educational programming, informative exhibits (both temporary and permanent), and much more. For the most up-to-date information on temporary exhibits, please visit the website prior to your trip. Here’s a glimpse of what you might expect to see and experience at San Francisco’s CJM:

California Dreaming: An exhibit dedicated to Jewish Life in the Bay Area from the Gold Rush to present times. This exhibit dives into the history of Levi’s blue jeans, to Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”, while demonstrating how entrepreneurial Jews came west in search of adventure.

Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica: New perspectives on a Jewish tradition, brought to you by contemporary artists, such as Saitowitz, who examine the culture and rituals that make the Jewish religion so rich and captivating.

The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951: A look at how a group of young, idealistic, mostly-Jewish photographers, formed an organization in Manhattan called the Photo League, and how they went on to diligently chronicle the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.

After your visit to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, be sure to stop in at American Box: A Modern Deli. This unique café sources all its food from local and sustainable purveyors. Fresh menu items include sustainable tuna, ground lamb, hummus, tabouleh, olives, and harissa yogurt.

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Stunning Museum
By Lady Godiva Verified Reviewer from Long Island, NY on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Contemporary Jewish Museum:

I can't imagine why anyone would ever rate this Museum 1 star, which is why I had to chime in here with my observations. I found it to be well worth the visit - the building itself is interesting architecturally. When I visited they were running a special exhibition on Harry Houdini. Very interesting material and the exhibit was well put together. The other exhibits and artwork are equally interesting and not everything is jam packed together - there is room to read and reflect. I also loved, loved, loved the gift shop. It was filled with many items that are great keepsakes to remember San Francisco.

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[0 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Stupidest place ever! Dont bother to go!
By James Verified Reviewer from NY on
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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Contemporary Jewish Museum:

A total loss of money and time...

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Phone: (415) 655-7800


736 Mission Street
(between 3rd and 4th streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103


Friday–Tuesday, 11:00 am–5:00 pm.
Thursday, 11:00 am–8:00 pm.


Wednesdays. May be closed for major U.S. and Jewish holidays.
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required


736 Mission Street
(between 3rd and 4th streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Public Transportation

F-Line to Third Street. Muni/BART to Montgomery Station. Or Bus #15(exit at Mission and 3rd Street). The Museum is located on Mission Street between Third and Fouth Streets.
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