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South African Jewish Museum

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Address: 88 Hatfield Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Cape Town City Pass including Two Oceans Aquarium and District Six Museum
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An ancestor 4 generations back had made the trip from Lithuania, which gave us the motive for visiting the museum. It's a very well designed place, which highlights individual... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An ancestor 4 generations back had made the trip from Lithuania, which gave us the motive for visiting the museum. It's a very well designed place, which highlights individual experiences to create a good sense of the overall Jewish immigrant experience. Fascinating and moving, as was the bonus of the incredible netsuke collection.

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Thank Andyolly
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to visit this museum, with the intention of purchasing a book on the history of a particular region. Upon entering the museum, we came upon a display about the role of china in accepting members of the Jewish population from Europe priot to the second world war. Shanghai was the area in China where the refugees settled, and... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I must admit, I am a bit of a Jewish history nerd, and after meeting a large number of South African Jews during my time in Israel and while living in New York, I really wanted to learn more about the South African Jewish community. This museum was comprehensive, and at times touching. The old synagogue at the beginning of... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very good museum, housed in part in the oldest synagog in Capetown. It is very well presented with comprehensive explorations of the history of the jews and their immigration to South Africa. The Holocaust Memorial, located in the same complex is a moving, incredible presentation of a grim and deplorable time in our history.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We planned to spend about an hour here and then move on to one of the art museums. We used our whole afternoon here, exploring their beautiful synagogue and then moving on to learn about the Jews exodus to Shanghai that we never know about. Everything about this museum was first class. Not to be missed.

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Thank SuperSpy
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I high recommend a visit to this museum. The current special exhibit on Jews in Shanghai was particularly moving. The permanent exhibit are also very interesting.

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Thank Marsha F
Cape Town Area, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled upon the museum by accident. It is tucked away in Town. Once we got inside, the kids and us were blown away. It was well organized and the information that one could read up on was amazing. We were taken on a tour of the Synogogue by a very friendly Jewish Gentleman and afterwards stopped at the little... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well appointed in old synagogue building Presents very well SA Jewry's composition , history of struggle and success presented through individual stories Presents well support of SA Jewry of Mr Mandela's struggle and participation in building of a new society

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We both wanted to visit the Jewish museum and walked a fair way from our hotel to reach it. We were met at reception with a security guard who was rude, impolite and aggressive - and demanded photo id. I can understand the reason behind this but there are ways of letting you know that this is needed and not... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are Jewish museums in many places. Not many combine their own history with the national history and world history so well. As was reported during apartheid they may have hounded us but they did not try to systematically kill us. The holocaust museum is outstanding...I just wish I did not feel that I had to "review" it. If you... More 

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