Available by reservation
ADMISSION: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 →
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.
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 →
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 email@example.com. Learn more →
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 →
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
School and Teacher Programs are made possible by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Leadership support comes from Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and The Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund. Patron support is provided by The Bavar Family Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation, Norman Berkman, California Arts Council, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Toole Family Charitable Foundation, and Ullendorff Memorial Foundation.