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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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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Quite a lot of static information and a few films. However nothing really about the community today, why so many have left etc. Well presented though. Needs 30-60 minutes to view. Kosher cafe was very good.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is museum gives information about the history of the local Jewish community and includes a mock Lithuanian shtetl, representing where most South African Jews came from. The museum is small, but worth seeing. BTW, remember to bring ID to get in.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The museum adjoins the large old synagogue called the Gardens Shul. There is an opportunity to visit the synagogue, and the first few exhibits are the standard 'This is Judaism' sort of thing, but after that there are some intriguing exhibits. I particularly enjoyed the history of South Africa's Jews, and how and why they moved there from Eastern Europe.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Based on the reviews I expected a large section on the part that the Jewish Capetonians played in the rise against the Apartheids regime. Unfortunately, this is only a minor part of the museum. For those specifically interested in the history of Lithuanian Jews that immigrated to South Africa it might be well worth while.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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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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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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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