Gallery Hours
Wed—Sun 12–4pm; Thur until 7pm FREE ADMISSION

Research Hours
Mon – Thur 10am-4pm The Florence Helzel Collection Study will be available by appointment beginning in Fall, 2012.

Getting to the Magnes
2121 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704 510.643.2526 BART The Downtown Berkeley BART Station is located just one block away on Shattuck Avenue between Allston Way and Addison Street. Parking Parking is available at Oxford Garage, directly across the street. Enter on 2161 Kittredge Street between Shattuck and Oxford.

Major support provided by Koret Foundation, Taube Foundation, Hellman Family Foundation, Magnes Museum Foundation, and Friends of The Magnes




The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life 2121 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94720-6300 510.643.2526 |

Exhibitions, programs and 15,000 objects from around the world The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life The Bancroft Library | University of California, Berkeley

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
was established in 2010 at The Bancroft Library after the transfer of the Judah L. Magnes Museum, founded in 1962 by Seymour and Rebecca Fromer, to the University of California, Berkeley. Its remarkably diverse archive, library and museum holdings include art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West. The Magnes new home in downtown Berkeley accommodates research and teaching, and offers the general public a place to gather for exhibitions, lectures, performances and events that foster community, learning, and growth.

The Western Jewish Americana archival collections document the history of Jewish immigration and community engagement in the San Francisco Bay Area since the Gold Rush.

One of the world’s preeminent Jewish collections in a university setting.
Permanent Collection
The glass walls and inventive open storage display provide an intimate and powerful connection to nearly 15,000 objects from around the world. Each year, the Display Cases and the Charles Michael Gallery highlight selections from the permanent collection, exhibitions that are the result of the collaboration between the curators of The Magnes with UC Berkeley faculty, students, and visiting scholars.

Accessing the Collection
On site The collections are available via the visible storage and in the Florence Helzel Collection Study room at the main Magnes facility at 2121 Allston Way by appointment (go to The Western Jewish Americana collections and the rare books are available at The Bancroft Library on the UC Berkeley campus (go to Online—The Magnes website contains extensive resources including images, audio, video, digital programs and selected access to many of the collections.—The Magnes collection database is highly searchable and includes detailed descriptions and images of thousands of items in the collection.—UC Berkeley’s Library catalog includes extensive records of the Western Jewish Americana archives and of other Jewish collections on campus.—Interactive online projects, and links to thousands of images on

The Rare Book holdings include titles from around the world published in Hebrew and other languages between the 16th and 20th centuries. The Music holdings constitute one of the most important repositories of Jewish musical memory in the Western United States.

Special Exhibitions
Twice a year, the Main Gallery presents collaborative projects with artists-inresidence as well as exhibitions that enhance teaching at UC Berkeley.

Public Programs
The Magnes’ educational and public programs include tours, lectures, artist talks and scholarly symposia, as well collaborations with local cultural and performing arts institutions.

The collection documents Jewish Life in the Diaspora, indlcuign personal and family rituals, synagogue and communal life, and the social interactions among Jewish and host communities throughout Central and South-East Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The Jewish Art holdings include paintings, sculpture, photography, graphics and digital media.

Tours for adults and school groups will be available in the Fall of 2012.

Facility Rentals
The Magnes facilities are available for community events. For more information, please contact us: 510-643-2526 or

The resources of The Magnes, including collection access and meeting rooms, are available by request (go to The curators of The Magnes teach classes in a variety of disciplines on the UC Berkeley campus.