One of many institutions that reflect San Francisco's incredible diversity, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is scheduled to reopen on Oct. 17.

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October 9, 2020
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What to Expect When Visiting the Contemporary Jewish Museum

One of many institutions that reflect San Francisco's incredible diversity, the Contemporary Jewish Museum in SoMa celebrates Jewish culture and tradition throughout history and around the world. Having spent the spring and summer preparing for visitors, the Museum is scheduled to reopen on Oct. 17. Here's everything you need to know to plan your visit.

Book Your Timed Tickets In Advance

Visitors are strongly encouraged to book their timed tickets online in advance of their visit to ensure a contactless check-in process when arriving. You can book your tickets here. Print your ticket at home or simply display it on your mobile device to be scanned before you enter the galleries.

In order to limit capacity and facilitate physical distancing, you’ll be admitted to the Museum at the time specified on your ticket. Please arrive within fifteen minutes of your allotted time. 

A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase onsite, though visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase online in advance.

Health and Safety Measures

All visitors are required to wear a face covering during their visit (except for children under 10 and those with a medical condition preventing them from doing so). A limited number of disposable masks are available, free of charge, at the front desk in the Shenson Welcome Center. 

Visitors and staff are required to practice physical distancing of at least six feet when in the Museum. Layout adjustments have been made throughout the building to reduce capacity and allow for appropriate physical distancing. The maximum capacity of spaces throughout the Museum has been reduced to 25% to ensure there is enough room for everyone.

All high-touch surfaces will be regularly cleaned and disinfected.

Touch-free hand sanitizer stations will be located at entrances, elevators, and transaction points. Visitors are encouraged to sanitize and wash their hands frequently.

Air filtration and ventilation systems have been updated as recommended. 

Amenities Available to Visitors

The Zim Zoom Family Room and the coat check are closed until further notice. 

Restrooms and elevators have been reduced in capacity to facilitate physical distancing. Occupancy limits will be clearly marked with signage.

All public tours and events are currently suspended. 

The CJM Shop is open during Museum business hours (Thursday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.).

Wise Sons Delicatessen will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for takeout and outdoor dining only.

Special Exhibitions

When the Museum reopens, you can explore Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years. Los Angeles-based artist Stephen Berkman’s immersive photography installation is a tribute to Shimmel Zohar, a mythical nineteenth-century Jewish immigrant photographer and founder of Zohar Studios. The exhibition includes over thirty photographs, several large installations, a cabinet of curiosities, and a large format artist book about the Zohar project. On display through Feb. 28, 2021. 

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