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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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Cape Town City Pass including Two Oceans Aquarium and District Six Museum
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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 5 days ago

Learn about Jewish history in South Africa. Was not able to see the synagogue, but you can tell from the exterior that it must be beautiful inside. Interactive exhibits. Nice Netsuke pieces from Issac Kaplan's collection on display.

Thank xfooey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great history a must for all visitors to Cape Town. A great collection of artefacts and everything is very well laid out.

Thank NatalieW18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Terrific experience of a well-presented, well-defined collection. The Jewish experience in South Africa is not well known to outsiders and this museum informs without overwhelming.

Thank Bucky1836
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a gem! Very interesting exhibits, including a replica of homes from a typical "shtetl" or village in eastern Europe where Jews lived before the Holocaust. The museum has exhibits that trace the origins of South African Jewry, from the early days of...More

1  Thank Balsher
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderfully informative museum that's very accessible. Each of the exhibits has a clear explanation, and all are quite engaging. The building on the inside is both quite pretty and architecturally interesting. Nice little shop and cafe here.

Thank crosby372
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very informative and fascinating tour of the museum. The exhibits were wonderful and gave an amazing insight into the arrival of Eastern European Jews to South Africa, especially those from Lithuania,

Thank diamondr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice museum. Deep history and collection. The museum is located off of one of the sightseeing tour buses, so it is easy to get to.

Thank amirah m
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Surprisingly interesting museum covering a lot of Cape Town and South Africa history and culture. There are several interesting exhibits explaining the history of South Africa.

Thank yellowpixels
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Somewhat hard to find the entrance which has no sign and only a security booth which you need to pass through to get in. There are several different buildings inside including a new exhibition building on the site of the old synagogue (I think). An...More

Thank Paul460h
Reviewed 2 September 2017

the jewish museum, synagogues and holocaust museum were very interesting to visit. you must bring a picture id for entry, it closes at 2 on fridays. there is a good history of the jewish people and the holocaust museum is deeply moving and very well...More

Thank blustig77
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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