Gallery Hours

Weekly gallery opening hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11AM-4PM during the Spring and Fall semesters. The galleries remain closed to the public during UC Berkeley's Winter and Summer breaks. During these times, The Magnes is open to researchers on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. Read more

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April 2018


City of Berkeley 16th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day

When: Sun, Apr 08, 2018 11:30am

Honoring Hana Berger Moran, distinguished survivor. Featuring Joel Ben-Izzy, storyteller; Mike Perlmutter, Gerry Tenney, Dmitri Gaskin, Dusan Rustic, musicians. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

For all inquiries please contact the City of Berkeley at 510-981-7170


Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett on Theatre of History: Presenting the Past in American Jewish Museums

When: Mon, Apr 16, 2018 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (POLIN Museum, Warsaw, and NYU) on 
Theatre of History: Presenting the Past in American Jewish Museums

Monday, April 16, 6:30pm
Presented by GTU Center for Jewish Studies, in collaboration with The Magnes, UC Berkeley


Magic Spells: A Research Workshop on Hebrew Amulets

When: Tue, Mar 20, 2018 5:30pm to 7:00pm, When: Tue, Apr 24, 2018 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Please note: The February 27 event has been canceled. The series will begin on March 20.

Join Magnes curators to discover the elaborate texts and imagery, magic formulas, and Kabbalistic sources in Hebrew amulets.


The Worlds of Arthur Szyk | The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection

On View: May 10, 2017 to May 31, 2018, On View: Aug 28, 2018 to Dec 14, 2018

This exhibition will be continuing in the fall.  

Acquired by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2017 thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) is now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as the Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection.


High Holy Days at the Luna Park: Show-card Posters from the Firschein Press (Brooklyn, NY, 1920-1974)

On View: Jan 23, 2018 to Jun 29, 2018

This exhibition presents a selection from the over one hundred “show-card” posters printed by the Firschein Press, a small business operated by East European Jewish immigrants, that served local Jewish and non-Jewish communities in Brooklyn for the better half of the 20th century. Oscar Firschein brought the posters to California once the Press ceased its activities. He and his wife, Theda, donated them to The Magnes in 2017.


The Invisible Museum: History and Memory of Morocco

On View: Aug 29, 2017 to Dec 15, 2017, On View: Jan 23, 2018 to Jun 29, 2018

Since its inception in 1962, the former Judah L. Magnes Museum distinguished itself by directing its collecting efforts outside the focus on European Jewish culture and history that was prevalent among American Jewish museums at the time. During the 1970s and 1980s, its founders, Seymour and Rebecca Fromer, actively corralled an informal team of activist collectors and supporters. Together, they were able to bring to Berkeley art and material culture from North Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent.


The Karaite Canon: Manuscripts and Ritual Objects from Cairo

On View: Jan 23, 2018 to Jun 29, 2018, On View: Aug 28, 2018 to Dec 14, 2018

This exhibition will be continuing in Fall 2018.  

In 1971, Seymour Fromer (1922-2009), founder of The Magnes, led an expedition to Cairo, Egypt. The Karaite Canon highlights a selection from the over fifty manuscripts he brought to California, along with ritual objects belonging to Cairo’s Karaite community. At the time, the aim of The Magnes was to salvage unique documents during a period of great turmoil in the Middle East.