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South African Jewish Museum

88 Hatfield Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 465 1546
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The museum narrates the story of South African Jewry from its early beginnings, set against the backdrop of South African history over a period of more than 150 years. We cover a number of areas of interest, including South African history, mining, commerce, Eastern European history, contemporary South African politics as well as an overview of the Jewish community’s contribution in all its aspects of South African history and conscience. An exclusive documentary film – "Nelson Mandela. A Righteous Man", is screened throughout the day, a documentary, which has won wide acclaim at the Brighton, Vancouver and Toronto Film Festivals.
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88 Hatfield Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 465 1546

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Reviewed yesterday

Interesting place to visit , very well maintained and knowledgable . theme of museum is to provide south african jewish community and their history . wonderful experience , must visit to learn rich history of south africa .

Thank Amy D
Reviewed 5 days ago

I recommend visiting here as it provides a wonderful insight into the history of the South African Jewish community and how they settled here from so many different areas in the world. Also interesting to see the artefacts and feat he the films showing how...More

Thank mabel98
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not know anything about the Jewish history in Cape Town and this museum was terrific! Not only does the museum provide details on the historical presence within Cape Town, but the artifacts and displays are really great. Well worth the visit; and don't...More

Thank gatorsocal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found the exhibits to be very well done and informative. There was an interesting volunteer who provided us with excellent information about the history of South African Jewry.

Thank estherandco
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great displays and a beautiful collection. Excellent history lesson. Red bus stop, Great place to stop, take the next bus

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Sanctuary is just beautiful. We arrived at 2:30 one afternoon and we were told that sanctuary was closed. I believe that it closes at 3 pm. Our private guide complained and had a staff member open it up for us. So we just popped in...More

Thank whenzuc
Reviewed 6 November 2017

This is a well down exhibit. There is a replica of a shell which was interesting and detailed history of South African Jewry as well as a replica of a temple and various artifacts. Don't miss the Holocaust Museum in a separate building it's well...More

Thank RoBertie
Reviewed 3 November 2017

The museum tells the story of how South Africa's Jewish community came mostly from Lithuania and how the immigrants settled into Cape Town. We found many similarities to how the Jewish communities grew in the US.

Thank Stan S
Reviewed 31 October 2017

A history of the Jewish migration to the area and their contribution to the economy and social fabric of South Africa. Included at the museum is a tour of the shul both old and new. Also attached is a Holocaust exhibit.

Thank sag265
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Been to many Holocaust museums and Jewish museums and these were very well done and tasteful. Nice setting and displays, incorporating local apartheid struggles into the history of the local Jews. Well worth visit.......

Thank Chicagonative_7
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Response from MaryAnnSomerset_NJ | Reviewed this property |
The Sabbath would begin on Friday evening at sundown, so I would think that the tours end on Fri. in the late afternoon. The religious service which is orthodox would begin in the early evening. The museum, gift shop and... More