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South African Jewish Museum

88 Hatfield Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
27 021 465 1546
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Traveler Description: The South African Jewish Museum narrates the story of South African Jewry from its early beginnings, set against the backdrop of South African... more »
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Nice to get some history of this area of Cape Town. Very friendly staff and interesting exhibits in this small museum.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Very well set out and tells the history of Jews arriving in SA ...Only R20 with the discount from the tour ticket....free entry to the Holocast museum next door....

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Bethesda, MD
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We visited this small museum from the Hop on Hop Off bus. It presents a fascinating story about the history of Jews in South Africa, including the relationship of the Jewish people to Mandela, which I found very interesting. The gift shop is really outstanding and we found beautiful craft and art items that we didn't see anywhere else in... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My wife and I were scheduled to visit Robben Island, but our morning trip was canceled due to weather. As an alternative, we wandered around Company Garden in the center of town, where we came across the Jewish Museum. What a lucky find! It's a superb, modern museum -- interesting, informative and inspiring, even if you're not Jewish. We learned... More

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Good activity when the weather is bad. Interesting art and good stories. In the basement a original village of a old European jewish village. Also Mandela art.

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westchester county, ny
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23 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Well worth the visit..even if you just have time to see the film about Mandela. But the synagogue and museum have such fascinating history of how the Jews came to South Africa. And the gift shop and cafe are very good as well

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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95 reviews 95 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

'Those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it' A tribute to those 20 000 000 Jews, Christians, Russians etc killed during the Second World War by those lunitics Hitler/ Stalin and others.

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Visited the South African Jewish Museum and Holocaust display and were delighted to find a wonderful exhibition of the history of Jews in South Africa. Remember to bring with you a photo ID as they will not let you in without it. As a docent myself, the museum is well laid out and easy to read and follow all the... More

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Napier, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I've been here a few times - the first time to entertain family who appreciate the Jewish cuisine - we loved it! I've been back a few times to just enjoy the food, the peaceful atmosphere and the feeling of not being hurried. There is a good selection of dishes and snacks that are good value for money.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

The security man sked if I had any thing sharp I said 'only my wits' and he told me he had heard the reply about a million times so disproving my assertion, just a heads up if you are feeling clever. The museum is in three parts the first is General Jewish religious memorabilia and is mildly interesting. The Second... More

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