The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) strives to ensure that its facilities, exhibitions, and programs are accessible, and that all of our visitors feel a sense of welcome, respect, and inclusion. We believe that positive arts and cultural experiences are essential to building healthy communities.
The CJM provides a wide range of programs and events designed for visitors of all ages with disabilities.
Creative Aging: A series enrichment activities for older adults that supports health, wellness, and quality of life. Offerings include dance, storytelling, films, classes, tours, and public programs. Programs occur every First Free Tuesday, as well as at additional times.
Family Access: The CJM is committed to welcoming families with children with disabilities or health-care needs. We invite families to join our ongoing Family Programs on Sundays, in addition to our Family Access Programs.
Disability Arts and Culture Programs: The CJM is committed to supporting the visibility of artists with disabilities through ongoing programs and lectures. We recognize that in order to build a more equitable and representative arts and cultural sector, the voices and lived experiences of people with disabilities need to be at the center of the conversation. Programs include Superfest: The International Disability Film Festival, The Comedians with Disabilities Act, and the Disability Visibility Project (DVP).
Access Tours: A variety of both private and public guided tours are offered to enhance the experience of visitors with disabilities of all ages. Tours are customized to the needs, interests, and abilities of each group.
For information, registration, or to request an accommodation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.655.7856.
Visitor drop-off/pick-up is located on Mission Street at the curb-cut in front of The CJM between Third and Fourth streets. There are seven accessible parking spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the Jessie Square parking garage directly below The CJM.
Parking spaces are also available for vans with an eight-foot clearance in the accessible parking section of the Jessie Square garage (1st level, to the left of the entrance). Elevators from the parking garage exit directly in front of The Museum on the Jessie Square plaza. Accessible parking is also available at several other locations near The Museum.
The CJM is fully accessible for wheelchair users and other visitors with mobility difficulties. Mobility devices include manual or electric wheelchairs, seated electric scooters and knee scooters, crutches, walkers, and similar devices. The Museum also recognizes that some visitors with mobility disabilities use the Segway as a mobility device. Individuals without mobility disabilities are not permitted to use the Segway in The Museum.
Wheelchairs may be checked out free-of-charge and on a first-come-first-serve basis at coat check, in the lobby on the ground floor. All levels of the building are accessible by elevators.
Reserved seating is offered for wheelchairs and any other visitors needing special access seating for public programs.
Lightweight, portable gallery stools may be checked out free-of-charge and on a first-come-first-serve basis at coat check, in the lobby on the ground floor.
ASL interpretation is provided at no fee for all public programs, lectures, and private tours. To request ASL interpretation, contact email@example.com at least two weeks in advance.
FM Assistive Listening Devices for Museum tours and public programs are available free-of-charge at the Shenson Welcome Center admissions desk.
CART (Computer Aided Realtime Translation) captioning for lectures can be provided upon request. To request CART captioning, contact 415.655.7856 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance.
Raised Braille text can be found on all room signage and elevator controls.
Large-print labels for all exhibitions can be found in dispensers at exhibition entrances.
Hungry? Interested in eating at Wise Sons? Braille and large print menus are available, please ask for a copy at the Wise Sons register inside The CJM.
Contrasting vision strips are on the stairs to indicate the top and bottom treads of the stairs.
Guided verbal description and tactile tours are available. See the Programs & Events page and choose "Access" for more information.
Service Animals may be brought into all areas of The Museum by visistors with disabilities.
Noise-cancelling headphones are available free-of-charge for visitors with auditory and sensory processing sensitivities. Headphones can be signed-out by leaving an ID at the Shenson Welcome Center admissions desk on a first-come first-serve basis.
The CJM also has a number of lower-sensory area for visitors who need some “quiet time” (Zim Zoom family room and benches in the Sala Webb education center).
The Calming Corner is available on select Sundays. Calming Corner is a low-sensory atmosphere for families and children needing a calm and less-crowded space during their visit to The CJM. The Calming Corner includes a light table, tactile activities, bean bags, and a reading nook.
Accessible public restrooms are located on the first and second floors.
Family and gender-neutral restrooms are located on first level, near Wise Sons Deli.
Baby changing tables and step-stools for children are available on the first and second floor public restrooms.
An adult-sized changing table is available in the single-stall, gender-neutral restroom near Wise Sons Deli.
High chairs are available in Wise Sons Deli.
Breastfeeding is welcome in all areas of The Museum. Additionally, there are areas with comfortable seating:
A founding principle of The CJM’s mission is to benefit a broad and diverse audience, and we are committed to making The Museum a place where everyone has the opportunity to participate in art and culture regardless of age, income, ability, education, or cultural background. We recognize the importance of partnerships in ensuring that The CJM remains relevant and responsive to the needs and interests of the diverse communities we serve.
Community Access Partnership Program (CAPP) is an annual membership for social service agencies that provides free access to the Museum to under-served, low-income individuals who face significant barriers to arts and cultural experiences due to income, disability, age or health.
Access 18-22 membership is available for Community Access & Transition (CAT) students ages 18-22, which includes free admission, discounts, and invitations to special events.
‘Artist as Maggid’ exhibit at Contemporary Jewish Museum considers art, stories, tradition, The Daily Californian
A Feel for Art: Haptic Encounter at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, California Magazine
How a Blind Professor Is Helping Other Sight-Impaired Museum Visitors Experience Art, Hyperallergic
Haptic Encounters with Georgina Kleege, Franosborne.com
Access Programs are made possible by major support from Wells Fargo Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by The Morse Family Foundation.