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South African Jewish Museum

88 Hatfield Street | Gardens, Cape Town 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 8001, South Africa
+27 21 465 1546

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Reviewed 3 days 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 2 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lets face it, more and more of the younger generation are not visiting museums. You can see whatever you want on the internet ,so why bother. Well, not so here. This is a brilliant and informative experience which only works if you visit. The entire...More

Thank DudleyFeebish
Reviewed 12 October 2017

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 3 October 2017

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

Thank NatalieW18
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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