ACCESSIBILITY

Central to the mission of The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) is our commitment to expand access to exhibitions, programs, and resources by removing financial, social and cultural barriers, and broadening our reach to communities and organizations who lack equitable access to the arts and cultural opportunities.

In addition to offering a wide range of free or low-cost admission opportunities throughout the year for audiences of all ages, The CJM is dedicated to providing a forum for conversation on the important contributions that disabled artists and cultural producers bring to the arts and cultural sector. 

For information, to register for a program, or to request an accommodation, contact access@thecjm.org or 415.655.7856.

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PREVIEW OUR PROGRAMS

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ACCESS AND Community PROGRAMS

American Sign Language (ASL) Tours: We offer free public tours of our exhibitions in ASL facilitated by guest Deaf docents, accompanied by voice interpretation. ASL interpreters can also be scheduled for private guided exhibition tours for K–12 school and community groups.

Blue Star Museum: The CJM actively partners with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs and local veteran agencies to offer veterans, active military personnel, and their families free admission and access to high-quality arts programming.

Community Access Partnership Program (CAPP):  CAPP is a low-cost annual membership for social service agencies and community-based non-profits that provides free access to The Museum. CAPP serves low-income seniors, veterans, mental health organizations, and transition-age young adults. Sign up for CAPP

Creative Aging: Creative Aging is a series of free or low-cost programs for older adults and seniors that supports community-building and creativity. Programs include dance and movement classes, mindfulness meditation, gallery chats, art-making workshops, storytelling, and tours designed for people with memory loss. 

Creative Insights: Creative Insights is a program designed for individuals with early-stage dementia and their care partners to engage with The CJM’s exhibitions. Each tour centers on a theme and incorporates a multi-sensory component, such as tactile objects, art making, storytelling, poetry, or movement.

Family Access: Access is built-in to all of our Family Programs. We partner with a range of community organizations in an effort to broaden our reach to better serve children and youth with disabilities. 

Haptic Encounters: Haptic Encounters is an initiative developed in collaboration with University of California, Berkeley professor and writer Georgina Kleege that aims to create more accessible pathways for audiences to experience art haptically (through touch, sound, and kinesthetic relationship to space). Haptic Encounters is part of a larger initiative that aims effort to challenge biases around blindness and visual art, and invites the expertise of the blind and visually impaired community to lead the conversation on reimagining multisensory approaches relating to art.

Museums At Home: The CJM offers free, phone-based tours of our exhibitions designed to reach audiences who are unable to visit The Museum in person. Presented in partnership with Well Connected

Verbal Description Tours: These interactive, guided tours are designed for audiences who are blind or visually impaired. Verbal Description tours provide verbal descriptions of artwork, and provide opportunities to explore tactile objects connected to exhibitions. 

For information, registration, or to request an accommodation, contact access@thecjm.org or 415.655.7856.

Community Partnerships

The CJM maintains close collaborations with over 100 community partners across the Bay Area to co-create and deliver inclusive museum experiences that allow community members to engage with exhibitions and cultural programming. 

Free and Reduced Admission

The CJM offers several discounted and free admission opportunities in an effort to lower financial barriers and to expand accessibility for low-income and under-resourced communities. 

  • SF Museums for All: Free admission for EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer), SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), CalFresh, and Medi-Cal cardholders and their families through the Museums for All program. 
  • Blue Star Museum: Year-round free admission for veterans, active military personnel, and their families.
  • Discover & Go Library Program: The CJM is part of the Discover & Go program which provides free admission for all San Francisco residents through the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL). Free passes to The CJM can be found online from the library's website.
  • Community Access Partnership Program: Free year-round admission and guided tours for Community Access Partnership Program members—an annual low-cost membership for social service agencies, transition-age youth programs, and community-based nonprofits that serve communities who experience significant barriers to the arts. 
  • Youth 18 and under, and transition-age youth (TAY) (18–26) receive free admission.
Accessible Parking

 

 

 

 

Visitor drop-off/pick-up is located on Mission Street at the curb-cut in front of The CJM between Third and Fourth streets. The Jessie Square public parking garage at 223 Stevenson St. has seven accessible parking spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call 415.978.9634 for assistance.

Parking spaces are also available for vans with an eight-foot clearance in the accessible parking section of the Jessie Square garage (1st level, to the left of the entrance). Elevators from the parking garage exit directly in front of The Museum on the Jessie Square plaza. Accessible parking is also available at several other locations near The Museum.

For visitors with Mobility Disabilities

 

 

 

 

The CJM is fully accessible for wheelchair users and other visitors who use mobility devices. 

Manual wheelchairs may be checked out free-of-charge and on a first-come-first-serve basis at coat check, in the lobby on the ground floor. All levels of the building are accessible by elevator. 

Reserved seating is offered for wheelchairs and any other visitors needing special seating for public programs.

 

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Lightweight, portable gallery stools may be checked out free-of-charge and on a first-come-first-serve basis at coat check, in the lobby on the ground floor.

For Visitors who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

 

 

 

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is provided at no fee for all public programs, lectures, and private tours. To request ASL interpretation, contact access@thecjm.org at least two weeks in advance. 

 

 

 

 

 

FM Assistive Listening Devices for Museum tours and public programs are available free-of-charge at the Shenson Welcome Center admissions desk.

 

 

 

 

 

CART (Computer Aided Realtime Translation) captioning for lectures can be provided upon request. To request CART captioning, contact 415.655.7856 or email access@thecjm.org at least three weeks in advance.

 

For Visitors Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

 

 

 

 

Raised Braille text can be found on all room signage and elevator controls. 

Contrasting vision strips are on the stairs to indicate the top and bottom treads of the stairs.

Large-print labels for all exhibitions can be found in dispensers at exhibition entrances.

Hungry? Interested in eating at Wise Sons? Braille and large print menus are available, please ask for a copy at the Wise Sons register inside The CJM.

 

Live Audio Description: To request live audio description for theater, dance, and music programs at The CJM, contact access@thecjm.org at least six weeks in advance.

 

 

 

 

The Museum offers a friendly environment for service animals and guide dogs. Service Animals and guide dogs may be brought into all areas of The Museum. The closest relief area for service animals and guide dogs is in the green space in front of The Museum.

For Visitors with Sensory Processing Sensitivities

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Noise-cancelling headphones are available free-of-charge for visitors with auditory and sensory processing sensitivities. Headphones can be signed-out by leaving an ID at the Shenson Welcome Center admissions desk on a first-come first-serve basis. 

restrooms AND nursing Areas

Accessible public restrooms are located on the first and second floors.

Family and single-stall gender-neutral restrooms are located on first level, near Wise Sons Deli.

Baby changing tables and step-stools for children are available on the first and second floor public restrooms.

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Breastfeeding is welcome in all areas of The Museum.

High chairs are available in Wise Sons Deli.

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Access Programs are made possible by major support from Wells Fargo. Additional support is provided by The Morse Family Foundation.