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Virtual School Tours

Available by reservation.

ADMISSION: Free for Bay Area school groups through the 2021 academic year

While The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) is not currently conducting any in-person tours or events to help curb the spread of COVID-19, we are continuing to offer live, educator–led virtual tours for your classroom. These tours are available by reservation and take place on Zoom or an online video platform of your choice. Tours are forty-five minutes long and are available for a variety of programs and exhibitions.

TOUR OPTIONS

FREE FOR BAY AREA SCHOOL GROUPS THROUGH THE 2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style

Join us for a guided virtual tour of the exhibition, featuring archival materials, images, and artifacts. Students will experience the story of Levi Strauss, a nineteenth-century Jewish immigrant in San Francisco, on the path to creating a global phenomenon. Tours explore the diverse history of gold rush–era San Francisco while tracing Strauss’s journey from Bavaria to California, the establishment of Levi Strauss & Co., and the popularization of blue jeans into the twenty-first century. A CJM educator will guide your students through the exhibition virtually, share a presentation, pose questions, conduct virtual activities, and field comments from students.

This tour may be supplemented with an art-making workshop video in which students will create their own time capsules inspired by objects on view in the exhibition. Watch the video here.

Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years

Learn about the storytelling, narrative, and malleability of photography through an immersive virtual gallery experience. Students will explore the nineteenth century through the advent of photography, and uncover the medium’s humor, magic, and multiplicity of meanings. Reflect on how this Victorian-era technology has influenced our understanding of history and reality, and consider the stories photographs can tell.  

This tour may be supplemented with our short video on the invention of photography. Watch the video here.

Adventures in Architecture

This guided virtual tour explores The CJM’s iconic building, highlighting its history, symbolism, and unique features. By looking closely at archival materials and the different shapes, textures and layers of The CJM’s architecture, students will explore how a building can tell us stories about its history and surroundings.

This tour may be supplemented with our video on The Power of Architecture. Watch the video here.

Holocaust and Resistance

The Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) Holocaust Center is working in partnership to offer a virtual version of our Holocaust and Resistance program for remote school groups. The program is designed for students in grades 7–12 who have some previous learning about the Holocaust, and integrates survivor testimony, history, art, and contemporary connections. The experience has been divided into a two-part program, with an optional third session for reflection that educators may choose to add. 

  • A live, interactive guided tour of art, and historical materials related to the Holocaust, drawn from The CJM's current and past exhibitions.
  • An interactive learning session with a member of the JFCS William J. Lowenberg Speakers Bureau. Survivors will share their stories, accompanied by a multimedia presentation, with integrated Q&A.
  • An optional interactive virtual student workshop following the first two sessions with an expert Holocaust educator from the JFCS Holocaust Center Presiler Shorenstein Institute for Holocaust Education.
Teacher Resources

The CJM offers an array of free, downloadable resources designed to prepare students and teachers to view exhibitions, and to support your tour experience.

Keep in Touch

For the latest updates on new programs and resources for educators, sign up for our mailing list below. To request more information or ask questions, please email schools@thecjm.org.

supporters

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.