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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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The South African Jewish Museum is part of a group of buildings that also include the Holocaust Centre and a functioning synagogue. It was most interesting to walk through and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Toronto, Canada

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The South African Jewish Museum is part of a group of buildings that also include the Holocaust Centre and a functioning synagogue. It was most interesting to walk through and grab a snack at the kosher restaurant attached and people watch. It was easy to get to from the Hop On And Off bus. Right at the stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Friends and I hopped off the hop-on, hop-off bus to visit the museum and see the film there about Nelson Mandela. One of the highlights of the visit for me was seeing the shetl that's been recreated, to give the visitor a sense of the village life Jews left behind in Europe when they moved to South Africa. There were... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We had a very meaningful and informative visit to the museum and synagogue. The guide was very knowledgeable and really gave us an understanding of the Jewish community who settled in South Africa and made an important impact on the country.

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Cape Town
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The first synagogue in Cape Town. Interesting anecdotes about local Jewish population history. Informative exhibitions

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

There are some very interesting exhibits here about the history of Judaism in South Africa, and we were taken on a tour of the museum by a very nice docent. The Holocaust Center is adjacent to the museum and is also interesting to visit. There is a fee for the museum, but the Holocaust Center is free. If you take... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A really interesting visit to the museum which beautifully intertwines the history of Judaism in South Africa with South African history more broadly. Whether you are from Cape Town or an international visitor, it seems to me there are aspects of interest for everyone. The whole complex is well designed and there is a great coffee shop for enjoying the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

If you are Jewish and want to know something about the history of Jews in South Africa, this is the place to go. You'll meet warm, welcoming people who are more than happy to share the region's history.

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I was so anxious to visit the Jewish Museum in CapeTown. Don't bother. There was little to see or learn. Instead, go to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, or the Jewish Museum in Philadelphia. Don't waste your time here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

The Jewish Museum in Cape Town is outstanding. This museum is truly touching and so beautiful. Including the region where the Jewish Museum is located worth a visit. This is another place that must be visited during the stay in Cape.

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Went there via Hop on/ Hop off buses - well worth it. Very interesting and informative and well laid out.

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