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South African Jewish Museum

88 Hatfield Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 465 1546
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The museum narrates the story of South African Jewry from its early beginnings, set against the backdrop of South African history over a period of more than 150 years. We cover a number of areas of interest, including South African history, mining, commerce, Eastern European history, contemporary South African politics as well as an overview of the Jewish community’s contribution in all its aspects of South African history and conscience. An exclusive documentary film – "Nelson Mandela. A Righteous Man", is screened throughout the day, a documentary, which has won wide acclaim at the Brighton, Vancouver and Toronto Film Festivals.
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88 Hatfield Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, kept, well curated and very informative, the South African Jewish Museum is an incredible trove of data especially for those researching on the ravages of war, and the holocaust. The museum itself is welcoming and when in need of more information, the staff is...More

Thank Luc V
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting museum dealing with Jewish history in South Africa from late 1800's to present day. If you're Jewish, visit this museum, and if you're not, still visit it !

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

if you are in cape town dont miss a visit. so very interesting. the mockup of a shtetl house is charming

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Jewish Museum is located next to the Gardens Synagogue and Holocaust Center. It is an excellent museum where you can spend a couple of hours looking at exhibits and learning about Jewish life and history in South Africa. There is also an incredible world...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sometime ago a local group of Germans was invited to an historical film in this richly decorated venue, depicting various scenes of despair. We all agreed that history should and may not be allowed to repeat itself on this note.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Capetown had a large and vibrant Jewish population based on Eastern European immigration from the late 1800's onward. This museum does a lovely job of explaining and displaying this with terrific exhibits and artifacts. Very educational. Lovely gift shop and cafe. Visit the synagogue and...More

Thank Jessica W
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Reviewed April 28, 2018

W are Jewish so can’t comment on its interest to non Jews but we are so happy we came. 3 buildings in complex. The main active synagogue which is beautiful, where a member told us about the Cape Town congregation and community. So interesting. Then...More

Thank css1222
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Reviewed April 18, 2018 via mobile

On 88 Hatfieldstreet gardens you have on the same property the gardens Synagoge, with an extremely nice lady to tour you through, the Judaica anf Gift Shop combined with a cafetype/ restaurant with kosher food, then a communal library on the top floor of this...More

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Reviewed April 11, 2018

The visit to the Jewish museum was very interesting and educating. We learned about the history of Jews in South Africa and Cape Town. Recommended.

Thank Yair K
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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

It was great to learn about the Jewish people of South Africa including how the community developed. They have an old synagogue which was converted into part of the museum. There’s a section of famous South African Jewish people which was interesting. I thought the...More

Thank Lottelli
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Response from MaryAnnSomerset_NJ | Reviewed this property |
The Sabbath would begin on Friday evening at sundown, so I would think that the tours end on Fri. in the late afternoon. The religious service which is orthodox would begin in the early evening. The museum, gift shop and... More
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