Culture: Museum – Readers’ Choice 2023

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Contemporary Jewish Museum

(415) 655-780
Exhibits here focus on the full expression of Judaism,” and the new Marilyn Yolles Waldman Distinguished Speaker Series — an annual lecture illuminating the achievements of Jewish artists and thinkers…who make significant contributions to excellence in art and culture” — begins Jan. 7, featuring Bay Area artist Lynn Hershman Leeson in conversation with Natasha Boas.

The de Young Museum

(415) 750-3600 •
Along with the Legion of Honor, the de Young Museum is a component of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The de Young Museum opened in 1895, and today is home to American art from the 17th century through today, textile arts and costumes, African art, Oceanic art, arts of the Americas and international contemporary art.



The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

(510) 643-2526
Downtown Berkeley is home to the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, which mounts exhibitions and holds public programs that foster community, learning, and deeper understanding.” The extensive collections from across the globe include paintings, works on paper and digital media plus objects representing ritual, social interactions and community.

Oakland Museum of California

(510) 318-8400
Home to more than 1.9 million multi-disciplinary objects in 110,000 square feet of gallery space, the museum aims to inspire Californians to create a more vibrant future for themselves and their communities by exploring the big ideas that shape California lives. Situated on 7 acres, the museum also boasts a peaceful garden that serves as a gathering space.



Cantor Arts Center and Museum

(650) 723-4177
The collection at this historic museum spans 5,000 years, and includes more than 38,000 works of art from around the globe, including numerous renowned Rodin sculptures. Founded when Stanford University opened in 1891, today free admission, tours, lectures and family activities make the Cantor one of the most visited university art museums in the country.



Bay Area Discovery Museum

(415) 339-3900  •
In addition to offering creative outdoor and indoor family activities every day, the Bay Area Discovery Museum is home to exhibition spaces, camps, classes, party spaces and a museum-based preschool inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. The museum is on 7.5 acres in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, near the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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