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South African Jewish 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...more
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88 Hatfield Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 465 1546
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Reviewed yesterday

Approximately 2000 Jews are trying to keep their presence in Cape Town. They have an amazing Synagogue with a museum next to. When you enter inside the Synagogue a friendly, smiling and kind person welcomes you. As you begin asking question about Jewish population in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Aslan B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unexpectedly good visit to the South African Jewish Museum. While the museum's exhibits were well conceived, interesting & informative, the highlight of our visit was the Synagogue. An ornate space in the Orthodox style, there was a special seat and sermon pulpit for the Rabbi...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Watchful26
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent presentation of permanent exhibits and great traveling exhibits, too. Try eating Kosher food in their cafeteria. A highlight for all faiths to visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mitchfromdenver
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful museum about South Africa and Jewish history. Excellent film about Nelson Mandela and the Jews who supported him. Interesting visit to the synagogue and gift shop.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bruce C
Reviewed 8 November 2018

It’s an experience for sure! You will be immersed in the local life and see lots of photos of historical South Africa. The venue is small but well kept and it’s an interesting experience!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank VALMV2013
Reviewed 5 November 2018

We were happily surprised to visit the museum and learn so much about the Jewish community here. The complex includes both the first and second synagogues in Cape Town (the latter one beautiful and still functioning), along with The Holocaust Centre, gift shop and kosher...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 28 October 2018

Housed in the original synagogue that was replace next door when they outgrew it. It is a Jewish campus with the newer synagogue, Holocaust Museum and a Kosher dairy deli. It traces the history of Jews coming to South Africa, notable Jewish families, and some...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rschagrin
Reviewed 25 October 2018

The museum has a fascinating display covering the History of SA Jewry .There is also an amazing world class collection of Netsuke . Regular special exhibitions too . On the campus is also the famous Gardens shul built in 1905! and still in use and...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Doron L
Reviewed 22 October 2018

The museum is well laid out and organized, with informative commentaries throughout. It traces the history of migrations from England and Germany in the 19th century, a massive 40,000 emigres from Lithuania at the start of the 20th, a small Sephardic immigration in the mid...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Alex_Tallinn
Reviewed 20 October 2018

If your Jewish or have some type of faith unlike me then you would probably like the visit. I'm atheist but will visit as a curiosity.

Date of experience: October 2018
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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