San Francisco Sights

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • 736 Mission St. Map It
  • SoMa

Published 07/24/2015

Fodor's Review

Daniel Liebeskind designed the postmodern CJM, whose impossible-to-ignore diagonal blue cube juts out of a painstakingly restored power substation. A physical manifestation of the Hebrew phrase l'chaim (to life), the cube may have obscure philosophical origins, but Liebeskind created a unique, light-filled space that merits a stroll through the lobby even if current exhibits don't entice you into the galleries. Be sure to check out the seam where old building meets new, and check the website for fun children's activities linked to exhibits. San Francisco's best Jewish deli, Wise Sons, recently opened a counter in the museum, giving you a chance to sample the company's wildly popular smoked trout.

Sight Information


736 Mission St., between 3rd and 4th Sts., San Francisco, California, 94103, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $12; $5 Thurs. after 5 pm, free 1st Tues. of month
  • Thurs. 1–8, Fri.–Tues. 11–5

Published 07/24/2015


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