The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Welcome to the Magnes!
Exhibitions, Programs, and 15,000 Objects from Around the World
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life was established in 2010 following the transfer of the Judah L. Magnes Museum 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 Its remarkably diverse archive, library and museum holdings include art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West. As one of the world's preeminent Jewish collections in a university setting, it provides highly innovative and accessible resources to both researchers and the general public. The holdings of The Magnes continue to grow. In 2017, The Magnes established the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection, and in 2018 received the gift of the Roman Vishniac Archive.
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life remains closed until further notice in compliance with Alameda County’s and the city of Berkeley’s COVID-19 guidelines. The health and safety of our community is very important to us; our staff are following protocols set by UC Berkeley and Alameda County to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 through social distancing and telecommuting.
Please visit our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds for daily updates and Flickr for interactive digital access to the Collections (and make sure to search our online collection database at magnesalm.org). In the meantime, UC Berkeley’s Division of Arts & Humanities has created a new space to share live digital content such as conversations, lectures, performances, and presentations. View the schedule here.