Gallery Hours

Weekly gallery opening hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11AM-4PM during the Spring and Fall semesters. The galleries remain closed to the public during Winter and Summer breaks. During these times, The Magnes is open to researchers on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. Read more

Upcoming Closure Dates

  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Oct 22, 2016 to Mon, Oct 24, 2016
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Oct 29, 2016 to Mon, Oct 31, 2016
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Nov 05, 2016 to Mon, Nov 07, 2016
  • Holiday Closure (Veterans Day) - Fri, Nov 11, 2016

October 2016


PopUp Exhibition | Mira Amiras on The Future of a Legacy: Seymour Fromer and the Making of The Magnes

When: Wed, Oct 19, 2016 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Dr. Mira Amiras, Professor Emerita of Comparative Religious Studies, San Jose State University, received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the daughter of the founders of the Judah L. Magnes Museum, Seymour Fromer and Rebecca Camhi Fromer.


PopUp Exhibition | Karen Barkey, Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Mixed Attendance at Greek Orthodox Churches in Istanbul

When: Wed, Oct 26, 2016 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The talk will describe and analyze Professor Karen Barkey’s two seasons of ethnographic study of the sharing in Greek Orthodox Churches in Istanbul, Turkey. The study explores identities, practices and patterns of participation in church rituals and life. The presentation will delineate between different choreographies of sharing, the borrowing of traditions, and the bricolage of practices that occurs as generations of Muslims and Christians accommodate to each other’s religious needs and negotiate in public their otherness.


By Design: American Jewish Education in the 'World Over' Cover Art (1946-1957)

On View: Aug 30, 2016 to Dec 16, 2016

The World Over: A Magazine for Boys and Girls, published from 1940 until 1979 by the Board of Jewish Education in New York, was edited by Ezekiel Schloss, who also designed its cover art.


I-Tal-Yah: An Island of Divine Dew. Italian Crossroads in Jewish Culture

On View: Aug 30, 2016 to Dec 16, 2016

Never before the creation of the State of Israel did Jews of so many origins live together, and in such a stimulating environment, as they did in the land they soon started calling in Hebrew i-tal-yah, an “Island of Divine Dew”.   


From Mendelssohn To Mendelssohn: German Jewish Encounters in Art, Music, and Material Culture

On View: Jan 26, 2016 to Jan 27, 2017

One of the most iconic works of art in The Magnes Collection, returns on display before being loaned internationally on the occasion of the Lutheran Reformation in Wittenberg, Germany.


The Jewish World | A Book Installation

On View: Aug 28, 2014 to Jun 30, 2017

The Jewish World: 100 Treasures of Art and Culture, which is being published by Skirà-Rizzoli in the Fall of 2014, is the first comprehensive catalog featuring the holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.