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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

  • Holiday Closure (UC Berkeley Staff and Academic Holiday - Fri, Mar 31, 2017
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Apr 01, 2017 to Mon, Apr 03, 2017
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Apr 08, 2017 to Mon, Apr 10, 2017
  • Galleries Closed - Sat, Apr 15, 2017 to Mon, Apr 17, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Exhibition

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

On View: Aug 30, 2016 to Dec 16, 2016, On View: Jan 24, 2017 to Jun 23, 2017

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”.   

Exhibition

From the Photographer’s Archive: Roman Vishniac

On View: Jan 24, 2017 to Jun 23, 2017

The work of Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), a Russian-born photographer most notable for documenting eastern-European Jewish life in the years immediately preceding the Holocaust, has been celebrated in exhibitions and publications since the 1940s. Following the photographer's death, his daughter, Mara Vishniac Kohn, became the executor of Roman Vishniac’s estate. In 2007, the Roman Vishniac Archive was established at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Its collections comprise over thirty thousand objects spanning more than six decades, and include more than nine thousand unprinted negatives, recently discovered vintage photographic prints, film footage, and personal correspondence.

Exhibition

The Jewish World | A Book Installation

On View: Aug 28, 2014 to Jun 23, 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.

Exhibition

The Power of Attention: Magic & Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

On View: Jan 24, 2017 to Jun 23, 2017

Created from the early-modern period and into the present, shiviti manuscripts are found in Hebrew prayer books, ritual textiles, and on the walls of synagogues and homes throughout the Jewish diaspora. Wrestling with ways to externalize the presence of God in Jewish life, these documents center upon the graphic representation of God's ineffable four-letter Hebrew name, the Tetragrammaton, and associate it with words and imageries that evoke mystical powers, protective energy, and angels, as well as key places and characters in Biblical and Jewish history.