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“A interesting experience”

South African Jewish Museum
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$68.12*
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Cape Town City Pass including Two Oceans Aquarium and District Six Museum
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A interesting experience”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

We walked up through Company Gardens,and find the SA Jewish Museum next next to the Gallery on the left . The entrance however is in Hatfield Street, with no obvious access from the Gardens. However, there is a dirt road pedestrians can cut across, just past the museum, which takes you out onto Hatfield Street.

The Museum, Synagogue and shop/cafe is set in a compound, and you will need personal ID to get through the security, sign a logbook, and enter the compound. The first impression is that the compound is extremely clean, tidy and well kept. There was a very helpful friendly lady who took us into the synagogue, and, not being of the Jewish faith, spent some time explaining the set up and working of the synagogue. She was a gem, and we learnt a lot.

The museum is part of the first synagogue built Cape Town. It is well laid out, and worth a visit, telling the story of where the community came from and how they integrated into the South African culture.

We had lunch at the cafe before visiting the holocaust museum. It is interesting but at the same time also shocking and left you with a sad feeling and ashamed at what humans(nations) can do when they believe they are right. Also so amazing to realize that with the help of God a nation was saved again although so many had to suffer and die as a result.

Visited July 2012
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Durbanville, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very memorable experience”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

I visited the museum with a group some 3 years ago and it was a very moving experience. Can definately recommend. Take tissues! I was very emotional.

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Level 4 Contributor
16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Amazing Museum”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

Any country I travel to I visit the Jewish areas and museums if they have one. I thought the South African Jewish Museum and Holocaust Centre was outstanding. We spent 6 hours touring both areas plus had lunch in the lovely cafe on campus. Don't miss these wonderful museums whether you are Jewish or not. Both are filled with lots of history, art, and interesting exhibits. The connection of the Jewish people with Apartheid was something I didn't know before along with the struggle the Black, Color and Jewish people of South Africa shared. A museum not to be missed!

Visited May 2012
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A must for all the history lovers”
Reviewed May 11, 2012

Use the hop on hop off bus to visit this very interesting museum with the Holocaust Centre also on the premises. Remember to bring your ID book to enter this museum. The history of the Jews in South Africa was also very interesting

Visited June 2011
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Boston, Massachusetts
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164 reviews
63 attraction reviews
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“slice of jewish life in SA”
Reviewed April 29, 2012

interesting history & museum is next to Holocaust Museum. We should never forget

Visited April 2012
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