Guided Tours for School Groups

Available by reservation

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

All K–12 schools free with $25 deposit

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. Studies show that arts program participation increases critical thinking and creative problem solving as well as builds empathy. The CJM's inquiry-based tours are fun and active and are an exceptional way to engage students at The Museum, free of charge. 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 free of charge in our Art Studio immediately following your tour. Please indicate on  your tour booking form if you would like to participate in a hands-on art workshop. For further information, please email tours@thecjm.org.


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.

Sunken Ships, Salvaged Bricks, and the Birth of a City

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 →

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. A first-hand testimony by a Holocaust survivor is at the heart of this 2.5-hour Museum experience. More dates may be added with interest, please email tours@thecjm.orgLearn more →

The CJM + MoAD Combined Tour

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and The CJM are pleased to co-present a second year of a joint tour program! Explore the Jewish and African Diasporas through painting, prints, and clothing in consecutive tours of both Museums. Learn 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.


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

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.


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 tours@thecjm.org


School and Teacher Programs are made possible by major support from The Hearst Foundations and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.  Generous support is provided by Alaska Airlines, The Bavar Family Foundation, California Arts Council, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Toole Family Charitable Foundation, Ullendorff Memorial Foundation, and Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.