Steve Wedman


Adventures in Architecture

Available by reservation

ADMISSION: All K–12 schools free with $25 deposit

What do you get when you combine a late nineteenth-century San Francisco landmark building with contemporary architecture? The Contemporary Jewish Museum! Filled with local history, evocative architecture, and Jewish symbolism, The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM)’s building represents the stories of the history and innovation of the San Francisco community, and is a work of contemporary art in itself. A former Pacific Gas and Electric Power Substation, The CJM’s historic building was a survivor of the 1906 earthquake. Architect Daniel Libeskind’s whimsical angles and hidden symbols create an intentional space that houses contemporary art, culture, and historic ideas, creating a multifaceted conversation about tradition and innovation in contemporary society.

Appropriate for all ages, from preschool to high school

Adventures in Architecture tours are 90-minute explorations combining a thematic architecture tour experience with direct exploration of primary sources and multimedia activities, directly connected to third and fourth grade social studies curriculum areas. Explore San Francisco’s history, geometry and design, and the Jewish cultural story of The CJM’s dynamic structure as you learn about how and why architects design buildings. This fast-paced tour features hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, and culminates in a team design challenge.

school tour pricing and booking

All K–12 schools free with $25 deposit

Group size is limited to 22 students. We recommend 3 free chaperones per group of 22. We can accommodate multiple groups simultaneously.

University groups are $25 per group of 20.


Adventures in Architecture tours are available year-round, and are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, beginning as early as 9:30am.


Reservations are required for school tour groups, and must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance of your tour.


Need help?

Reservations can be made online, or by calling 415.655.7857, or by emailing


School and Teacher Programs are made possible by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Leadership support comes from Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and The Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund. Patron support is provided by The Bavar Family Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation, Norman Berkman, California Arts Council, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Toole Family Charitable Foundation, and Ullendorff Memorial Foundation.