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Contemporary Jewish Museum

Museums, Art and design Yerba Buena
4 out of 5 stars
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Photograph: Bruce Damonte Contemporary Jewish Museum

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.

By: Lauren Sheber

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Venue name: Contemporary Jewish Museum
Contact:
Address: 736 Mission St
San Francisco
94103
Cross street: at 3rd St
Opening hours: Fri-Tues 11am–5pm; Thu 11am–8pm
Transport: 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
Price: $
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