A central mission of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life is to conduct research that investigates the performative power of cultural heritage. The rich and diverse holdings of The Magnes are broadly available for viewing, study, and research.

The Magnes provides a number of ways in which scholars, students, and teachers may access resources related to Jewish art, culture, and life.

On-site Research Access

Almost all holdings of The Magnes Collection are housed in our facility, located at 2121 Allston Way in downtown Berkeley, where they are accessible to students, scholars, and the general public. The Western Jewish Americana archives are accessible at The Bancroft Library on the main UC Berkeley campus.

  • For descriptions of the holdings of The Magnes collections, consult our Collections page
  • For information about accessing these holdings for on-site research, study, or teaching, consult our Collection Services page.

Online Resources

Reference Questions

Reference questions may be submitted to Magnes curators by using our Online Reference Request Form