Hg2 : The Hedonist

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Strolling through the Yerba Buena Arts District, you’ll notice the Contemporary Jewish Museum, one of the most extensive museums in San Francisco, on Jessie Street: an angular, blue steel structure that seems to cut right through the side of a historic brick building and then literally jab at the skyline. Designed by starchitect Daniel Libeskind (famous for having won the commission to rebuild the World Trade Center site in New York), the Contemporary Jewish Museum is unquestionably an architectural triumph, as even a layperson can see. The Contemporary Jewish Museum is an homage to early 20th-Century architecture housed in the 1907 Jessie Street Power Substation. The space retains the brick façade and skylights of the original and adds to it angular walls and a roof extension made of blue metallic steel, whose colours shift with the changing light. The CJM is unhindered by any permanent collection, so it relies on an ever-evolving repertoire of international exhibitions (ranging from the art of Andy Warhol to Shrek illustrator William Steig). The Museum store has also some of the coolest gifts in the city, including t-shirts with images of an alpine forest that read Yo semite.””

736 Mission Street (Fourth St),
+1 415 655 7800
Opening Times
daily, 11am (1pm Thurs)-5pm (8pm Thurs)
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