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 landmark building with contemporary architecture? The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM)! Filled with local history, evocative architecture, and Jewish symbolism, The CJM is a work of contemporary art in itself. A former Pacific Gas and Electric Power Substation, The CJM building embodies the history and innovation of San Francisco. Architect Daniel Libeskind’s whimsical angles and hidden symbols create an intentional space that houses contemporary art, culture, and ideas, and fosters 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, thematic explorations, featuring primary sources and multimedia activities, directly connected to third and fourth grade social studies curriculum areas. Explore San Francisco history, geometry and design, and the Jewish cultural story in 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.


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.


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

Teacher Resources

Prepare for your tour with these online Teacher Resources, featuring contextual information on the design and symbolism as well as the history of The CJM's building.


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.