San Francisco: More Museums
The California Historical Society
678 Mission Street, Ph. 415 -357- 1848.
The California Historical Society is a non- profit educational committed to ensuring that the history of California and the west is kept alive and made accessible to the public.The Organization is a resource for people who seek information about California’s past. The Society preserves, collects, interprets, publishes and exhibits materials about the history of California and the west. The North Baker Research
Library is a reference and research collection, consisting of 35.000 published books and pamphlets, 150,000manuscripts relating chiefly to California, 500,000 photographic images, 3,700maps, posters and broadsides, 2,500 serials, including periodicals, newspapers and microfilm, a genealogy collection and hundreds of thousands of pieces of ephemera. Appointments are necessary to utilize the library.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum Gallery
121 Steuart Street (between Mission and Howard streets), San Francisco, CA
The Jewish Museum San Francisco, soon to be renamed the Magnus Museum, will
Move into it’s new home in 2004 at the historic Jessie Street Substation building, located between Third and Fourth streets, across Mission Street from Yerba Buena Gardens.This project is the first U.S. commission for internationally acclaimed architect Daniel Libeskind, who will preserve and expand the former 1907 Power Substation, transforming it into a unique 21st- century museum that will include space for changing exhibitions, a core exhibition, media production, art workshops, lectures, films. Performances and school programs. This major expansion and the
Proximity to downtown arts institutions will enable the museum to broaden it’s outreach to the Jewish community in the Bay Area and visitors from around the world. In the interim, the museum will remain open with limited hours at it’s current location. .
The Mexican Museum
Mission Street, between Third and Fourth Streets
After 18 years at Fort Mason Center, The Mexican Museum closed it’s doors on December31, 2000 to make way for a new museum that will open in 2004 on
Mission Street, between Third and Fourth streets near Yerba Buena Gardens. Designed by world- famous architect Ricardo Legorreta, the new Mexican Museum
Will cover 65,000 square feet on seven floors. There will be an education center, two floors of gallery space and a multi- purpose facility on the top level. The public will
Enter the museum from a plaza located between the museum and St. Patrick’s Church on Mission Street, and also from Mission Street directly into the museum gift shop. Although The Mexican Museum will not be exhibiting during the construction period, there is a program of events, lectures and collaborations scheduled for the provisional period, at various locations around San Francisco.