South African Jewish Museum

South African Jewish Museum

South African Jewish Museum
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Coenraad B
Johannesburg8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Some interesting exhibits but not very authentic. Could be more authentically renamed the museum of the SA jewish elite. Expensive for what it is. Frustrating videos. Poorly marked entrance. Locked exit. Jhb Jewish musuem a triumph of story telling by comparison.
Written 24 September 2023
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Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium2,850 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A wonderful (but very badle presented!) netsuke collection and that's all of interest to 99,99% of the non Jewish people I think. Very high entry price too
Written 19 August 2022
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Oliver S
Ontario, Canada3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We enjoyed our tour to the Jewish Museum. We learned quite alot of history involving the jewish culture in Cape Town. The building is incredibly beautiful. The Guide Rick was also very knowledgeable.
Written 19 August 2021
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worldtraveler8092015
Phoenix, AZ44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This museum was most interesting and informative. It traces the history and contributions of the South African Jewish community. I was especially moved by learning about the contributions that Jews made to ending apartheid and befriending Nelson Mandela. Also, there is a lovely gift shop and great cafe there.
Written 2 April 2021
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exvery
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This was so well set up, we chose to visit from the tour bus. We visited the holocaust memorial and it was such an eye opener. Very good and accurate information. You can spend hours in here just reading and observing the primary sources supplied here. Definitely worth a visit and the lady at the front was so lovely and informative.
Written 8 October 2020
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caea
Germany22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Shocking reminder of how horrible human beings can be.. The holocaust museum shocked me and reminded me of what a nasty history our recent European history has been. It also reminded me what heroes our grandparents and forefathers were for fighting against this madness. My deepest sympathies with all Jews everywhere. Jeremy Castillo, Malta 🇲🇹
Written 5 October 2020
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NSBDolphin
Palatine, IL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Museum is a must-see, and our walk through the Company Gardens to get there was a delight. The Museum not only has large display rooms, but also a historic synagogue, a Holocaust Museum, a goft shop, and a lovely cafe. We went twice in the week we were in Cape Town--there was so much to see!
Written 13 June 2020
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CanadianTraveler1948
Toronto, Canada14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a true gem, even if you're not Jewish. That such a small community has committed so much to tell their story in this country is quite amazing. Yes, there is a tortured history to be told being part of the white settler community that built the country into its preeminence in Africa, though tainted with years of Apartheid where many of its members fought the dominant Boer whites for the equity of Blacks and Coloureds.

The adjacent Holocaust Centre also tells the story of this horror in a relatable way on behalf of the families who were affected directly by relatives left behind in Europe, or by survivors who came down to South Africa after WW2.

My only criticism is getting into the museum itself. There is no entrance off the Company Garden and thus requires a walk to the end of the Gardens and around the back...then there's the guardhouse and security, though unfortunately in this world as necessity given attacks on Jewish sites in too many countries. Still worth all this effort and a couple of hours time (even if you're not Jewish).
Written 5 March 2020
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laficabella
montreal155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The compound includes synagogues, a holocaust museum, which also addresses the effects of apartheid, and the museum itself, which tells the history of the Lithuanian jews in Capetown, and also houses a fabulous Netsuke collection. It is fairly close to Parliament, and you can get an overview of life in Capetown for immigrants. It is an excellent place to start your informative journey of the history of Capetown, and South Africa.
Written 29 February 2020
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GreyPoundLondon
London, UK192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Jewish Museum uses well selected artefacts and interactive, multimedia presentations to tell the story of the Jewish immigrants who left Lithuania for a better life in South Africa. It avoids overpowering the visitor with too much reading material, but uses sound, photographs, film and actual objects. Highly recommended.
Written 27 February 2020
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