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Magnes Collection Now Part of Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley

Keegan Houser/The New York Times

Six years after its abortive union with the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Judah Manes Museum had to watch as its former partner moved into a sleek new Daniel Libeskind building in downtown San Francisco. This largely made the Manes an afterthought in the Bay Area; it averaged a hair over 10,000 visitors a year, a pittance when weighed against the $2 million necessary to maintain the place. The museum’s new partnership with the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, which began Sunday, hopefully gives it a new lease on life. (FULL ARTICLE: Edward Rothstein, The New York Times)