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South African Jewish Museum

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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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We didn't get to go inside because they closed early.

We came to visit the museum with a friend from Cape Town and arrived at 3pm, when they said they closed at 5pm. We checked when we arrived on the property and they confirmed that... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We came to visit the museum with a friend from Cape Town and arrived at 3pm, when they said they closed at 5pm. We checked when we arrived on the property and they confirmed that they would close at 5pm. We decided to eat quickly at the delicious cafe on the property and a little while later the ticket saleswoman... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Downstairs exhibit of Ellis Island-like set-up to track family who resided in South Africa, models of SA synagogues and life-size replicas of the shtels from which many SA Lithuanian Jews came. Definitely worth an hour or so.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The synagogue is amazing and our guide Bernie was very nice it was worth seeing how jewish life started in cape town south africa. The walk towards the museum was quite pretty and the museum itself is very well mounted and informative. Take your passport with you if you want to visit they have a tough security control to go... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Comprehensive, informative museum on the history of Jews in South Africa. South African Jewish history is unique. 90% of the Jews came together from Lithuania, not from many countries like in the USA. Great Museum.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We enjoyed seeing the history of the Jewish people who have settled in Cape Town and S.A. at large. There are beautiful exhibits demonstrating their entrepreneurial spirit. The Holocaust section is a stark reminder of man's cruelness. It's a spot that everyone should visit and take away some perspective.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We were advised to go here by friends. It was a very educational visit with regards to the history of Cape town. The exhibition of Japanese. Netsuke carving in the basement of the museum is exquisite.

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Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We had a lovely tour. It is very well done. We also had lunch at the restaurant which was very enjoyable.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Wonderful guide named Roz. We didn't give her much time and she covered everything. The synagogue next door is very nice if it's open the day you are there.

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paris, france
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We are unexpectedly impressed by the quality and thoroughness of the Jewish museum and especially the Holocuast center that is modeled after the Vad Yashem memorial in Israel. Definitely worth the time, entre fee was around 4€.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This place is well worth a visit, but make sure you go to the different areas as it's not clear that there is more than one building! The holocaust museum is very informative and very moving - definitely make time for this

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