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Address: 88 Hatfield Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Phone Number: 27 021 465 1546
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While the rest of the group that we were with were touring wine country, we took a day off to tour on our own, specifically this museum. It explores Jewish history in South... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Rockville, Maryland
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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

While the rest of the group that we were with were touring wine country, we took a day off to tour on our own, specifically this museum. It explores Jewish history in South Africa, as well as the context of Jewish participation working with Nelson Mandela. It is not just a museum, but remains a vibrant center of Jewish activities... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The history, displays, graciousness of the docents - it was all incredible. If you are Jewish and visiting Cape Town, you MUST go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

One of the best Jewish museums we have ever been too. Complex of 3 buildings includes an old Sephardic synagogue, the museum which outlines the history of Jewish Cape Town, and a somber Holocaust museum. This is a must if you are in Cape Town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I loved the quiet heart of the architecture of the buildings, the incredible story and the fact that it somehow takes you on a journey that leaves you inspired to become a better person.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is a highly recommended small museum with a big goal: tolerance among people. It is a well thought out, highly informative history of the Jewish people and their contributions in SA. One of the funniest lessons was about the use of African bird feathers in European and US women's fashion. It turns out that my wife has a distant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

For a special flavour of Jewry, with all the paraphernalia, a restaurant, library, talks, the synagogue and museum in one place and a shop to buy gifts and mementos from... this is it. The oldest synagogue in Cape Town and it's a treat. The exhibitions are absorbingly fascinating and I get lost there for hours. I've been about 4 times... More 

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Kilrea, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I am not going to let this spoil our brilliant holiday so far but i still think i want to mention it, today we decided to visit http://www.sajewishmuseum.co.za/ where they were having an exhibition about the Holocaust.just to be stopped at the door by the security man who asked us for photo identification. This is the first Museum anywhere in... More 

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SAJM88, Public Relations Manager at South African Jewish Museum, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Anderson We apologize for the treatment you received from the campus security officers - they are not under our direct supervision. Unfortunately it has become necessary for Jewish institutions the world over to have vigilant security. While we at the South African Jewish Museum welcome all visitors, we do share a campus with other Jewish institutions and are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

When my family left the Ukraine half came to the United States of America and half went to the Union of South Africa. They must have gotten the two USA's confused. It was a great experience to see how the Jewish community flourished in South Africa, Really glad we went.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We visited various attractions walking through cetral Cape Town. I wanted to see the Jewish Museum as I had read it was a very good attraction. The security was very high to enter - but once in we found a beautiful calm courtyard. The Museum entrance is into the sinagogue. The various Holy Days are explained and items are shown... More 

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Lutterworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Everybody who visits Cape Town has to go to this museum. It is absolutely mind blowing to realise what we human beings can lower ourselves to do to other human beings. This was/is not happening only in South Africa!

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