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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 3 days ago

Learn about the complex story of Jewish population in South Africa. Wide variety of photos, letters, artefacts, narratives, maps - interwoven with South Africa's history, economic and political development. Documentary film also contains interview swith Nelson Mandela about important role of Jewish lawyers and other...More

Thank Laura F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had Brian, a very informative volunteer taking us through the first 2 floors of the Jewish Museum and synagogue. Snippets were shared of our history that we as South Africans were unaware of and found really interesting. Kids were captivated as well, which is...More

Thank WandavdB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an experience I won't easily forget. You hear about the Holocaust so much but all the photos with Nazi soldier's Heil Hitler sounds really gets to you after a while. I will definitely recommend it to anybody...

Thank Tian L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is worth a visit regardless of your religion. It is a good resource to learn about the Jewish community.

Thank 77Leah77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum traces the history of South African Jewry and their lifestyles. It is set in the original synagogue which is on the main campus as the current famous synagogue. The museum is well curated and uses various methodologies to connect with viewers. Certainly highly...More

Thank manunited45
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go & have a look, and learn about Cape Town's huge Jewish community - mostly refugees from Latvia. They have put so much in to the South African economy.

Thank Barry P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked from our hotel in central Capetown on a Sunday morning and while we had to wait until it opened to get in, it was worth the wait. There is a lovely gift shop with a very helpful lady; the 2 synagogues there are...More

Thank KJFXKE77
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum offers a well done history of Jew's in Africa. It starts off in the old synagogue and then explains the early history. It ends with a touching section on The Holocaust.

Thank Marc U
Reviewed 13 December 2017

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 8 December 2017

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
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Carol M
1 October 2017|
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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