On September 29, my husband and I looked forward to the exhibits at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Unfortunately, what we took away from the experience was one of great disappointment. As seniors, we have traveled all over the world and been to untold number of museums both small and large. This museum charged us $10 per person for the "privilege" to see a small exhibit on Warren Hellman, a California benefactor, who was also a musician among his many accomplishments. His jacket and banjo were present along with some information about the man. The exhibit was in the Libeskind segment of the building most characteristic of the architect's design and was minimal in nature.
There was a small wall exhibit on "brands" like Westinghouse and Kleenex and a flim showing movies and the Jews who created the brands and films. A small space had some furnishings by Jewish designers. Lastly, there was a mahjong exhibit showing tiles and information about the game.
This was one of the most disappointing experiences we have ever been to in a museum. Personally, paying $5 per person would have been too much for the disjointed exhibits we saw. If a major exhibition is in place, perhaps it would be worthy of the price. With so much happening in the world of Jews, we felt the curators could do a MUCH better job selecting material for the museum. The building is wonderful, but the work needs to be improved. Considering the $7 charge per person for the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum, one could say the cost for the Contemporary Jewish Museum is indeed, high priced with little to show for it.