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Guided Tours for School Groups

Available by reservation

ADMISSION: Free for K-12 California public schools, per-class pricing for private schools and additional options

Interactive gallery tours at The Contemporary Jewish Museum keep participants' voices and ideas central to the conversation and promote critical thinking, creativity, and observation skills. The CJM's inquiry-based tours are fun and active and are an exceptional way to engage students at The Museum. The CJM invites school groups of all abilities, and guided tours can be adapted to the varying needs of students. Hands-on artmaking workshops are also available.

TOUR OPTIONS

Exhibition Tours

Museum tours are led by professional Museum educators and are aligned with Common Core Standards. In an hour-long thematic gallery tour that builds upon classroom learning, we introduce students to works of art through discussions and activities. 

Adventures in Architecture Tours

Adventures in Architecture are interactive explorations designed to introduce students and campers to the fun of architecture through hands-on art activities, creative movement, scavenger hunts, and design challenges. Tours are 1.5 hours and can be scheduled throughout the year. Learn more →

Access School Tours

The Museum offers customized multi-sensory tours and hands-on art-making workshops to children and teens with a range of disabilities and learning needs.

Present to Past: A San Francisco Neighborhood from the Gold Rush to Today

Filled with local history, evocative architecture, and symbolism, The CJM’s building represents stories of the history and innovation of the San Francisco community, and is a work of contemporary art in itself. This interactive tour integrates primary sources and hands-on activities, and is aligned with third-and fourth-grade social studies curriculum areas. Learn more →

special offerings

Specialty tours are offered for a limited time, and include talks and performances. 

Jewish Folktales Retold Tour and Storytelling Performance 

This unique two-hour experience combines a tour of Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid with an engaging storytelling performance. Available on Oct 10; Nov 2, 14; Dec 12, 2017; and Jan 11, 23, 2018. Learn more →

Tour and Talk: Resilience, Holocaust, and the Architecture of Life

How do we move forward from the past while vowing to never forget? The architecture of the Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) is a testament to history and resilience: it is a celebration of life and strength designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, a child of Holocaust survivors, with deeply embedded Jewish symbolism and meaning. A first-hand testimony by a Holocaust survivor is at the heart of this Museum experience. 2.5 hour experience. Available Jan 30, Feb 1, Feb 13, and Mar 1, 2018Learn more →

The CJM + MOAD Combined Tour

How do stories, dance, and masquerade transmit messages about culture? Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) and The CJM are pleased to co-present a new initiative exploring the meaning behind the stories we tell. Begin with a tour of Jewish Folktales Revisited at The CJM at 10am, followed by a tour of EN MAS: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean at MoAD at 11am. Tours are offered Thursdays and Fridays, Sep 20, 2017–Jan 28, 2018Learn more →

Teen for Teen Tours

Have Your Tour Led by Teens!

At The CJM, students have the unique opportunity to be guided on a tour that is led by their peers. Teen Art Connect interns receive training to provide engaging interactive tours for other middle and high school students. To sign up for an architecture or exhibition tour, email teens@thecjm.org.

Teacher RESOURCES

School Tour Resources

The CJM offers an array of resources designed to prepare students and teachers to view exhibitions, as well as to extend the learning following a Museum visit. All resources are free and downloadable.

Trip Tips: Preparing for your Visit

We are delighted that you have selected The Contemporary Jewish Museum for a group visit. Prepare for your visit with this downloadable PDF of general information about the Museum and tips for making your tour successful.

School Tour Pricing and Booking
  • K-12 California Public Schools
    Free with $25 deposit
  • Private Schools
    $25 per class
  • Art-Making
    $75 per class
  • Specialty Tours
    $75 per class

All class prices are per group of 22 students.

Museum Admission

Free for students 18 and under, plus up to three chaperones (per group of 22 students). Additional chaperones pay regular admission.

Reservations

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

CONTACT

Need help?

Reservations can be made online, or by calling 415.655.7857, or by emailing tours@thecjm.org

supporters

School and Teacher Programs are made possible by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Leadership support comes from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and from the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund. Additional generous support comes from the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, the Toole Family Charitable Foundation, the Ullendorf Memorial Foundation, and Carol Swig.