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Virtual School Tour: Adventures in Architecture

Available by reservation.

ADMISSION: Free for Bay Area K–12 school groups through the 2021 academic year

Filled with local history, evocative architecture, and Jewish symbolism, The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) is a work of contemporary art in itself. A former Pacific Gas & Electric power substation in the nineteenth century, The CJM’s 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.

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.

How to Book

Book your tour using the button below, or visit our Virtual School Tours page to see all of our virtual tour options. 

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

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For questions or help making a reservation, call 415.655.7857 or email


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.