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 Its remarkably diverse archive, library and museum holdings include art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West.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 is excited to reopen our doors with limited capacity. For the Fall semester, beginning September 1, 2021, The Magnes will be open "by appointment only" on Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Please fill out the form here to make your reservation. We look forward to seeing you!

Please continue to visit our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter feeds for constant updates, and our Flickr photostream for interactive digital access to the Collections (and make sure to search our online collection database at magnesalm.org). Our online public programs are presented in conjunction with UC Berkeley’s Division of Arts & HumanitiesView the schedule here

The Magnes Collection’s Benjamin Brinner Set to Retire and John Efron Appointed as Faculty Director

UC Berkeley’s The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life’s Esther and Jacques Reutlinger Director Ben Brinner is retiring as of June 29, 2021 and Koret Professor of Jewish History and Faculty Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, John Efron, will be ste

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