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Contemporary Jewish Museum

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Contemporary Jewish Museum
Photograph: Bruce DamonteContemporary Jewish Museum

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Located across from Yerba Buena Park, the Jewish Museum fills the former space of the landmark PG&E Power Substation, originally built in 1881. Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, the retrofitted building is an architectural marvel, swathed in more than 3,000 color-changing blue steel panels and shaped to reflect the Hebrew letters chet and yud, which together spell the Hebrew word for life. On the second floor, the 2,200-square-foot Yud Gallery soars to 65 feet high and is dotted with 36 diamond-shaped windows; that inspiring space is devoted to audio installations, performances, and special events. The three-story, 63,000-square-foot museum showcases a vibrant range of group shows and rotating exhibitions, including the works of Israeli musician and composer Kutiman, famous illustrator and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, legendary director Stanley Kubrick, and contemporary artist Cary Leibowitz. Plan your visit on the first Tuesday of the month, when admission is free.

Written by
Lauren Sheber


736 Mission St
San Francisco
Cross street:
at 3rd St
BART & Metro to Montgomery/ Bus 5, 8AX, 8BX, 8X, 10, 14, 14X, 21, 30, 31, 45, 70, 80, 81X, 91, 101, 101X, 292, 397, KX
Opening hours:
Fri-Tues 11am–5pm; Thu 11am–8pm
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