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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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Nice history

We very much enjoyed our visit here at the end of a full day tour. There is a large amount of information about this very interestering Community. The movies are interesting to... read more

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We very much enjoyed our visit here at the end of a full day tour. There is a large amount of information about this very interestering Community. The movies are interesting to watch. Nice attached restaurant

Thank drjeff
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Massively interesting museum on the Jewish heritage in Cape Town. It shows the foundation, details of the migrations from all around the World, the history, the Jews contribution to the development on the city. Beside the interesting historical facts, there are a vast number authentic items exhibited It is a must regardless of a your religion or beliefs

Thank Gabr_Docker
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum itself was of particular interest for me as I have part Jewish family background and was something I wanted to do for a long time. I found the entire experience to be very detailed with a lot of history.There is plenty of photographic exhibits and can sometimes be a bit shocking,but never the less true ! I think... More 

Thank Almondbury
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Returned to this favourite to see the history of Jews in Shanghai. Exhibit opened for longer and truly fascinating. All exhibits were great including a temporary exhibition on SA Jewry for 175 years. Great cafe too. Present synagogue also now open for day time tours.

Thank hu10
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was an interesting experience walking through the exhibits and learning more about the history of Jewish migration to and through South Africa.

Thank ampress
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here at the suggestion of our inns receptionist. This is a secure location that requires a picture ID and a metal detector to enter. Once in you can see the oldest synagogue and the holocaust museum for free or the SA Jewish museum for a charge. We went to the museum. There was a special exhibit on Jews... More 

Thank Nancy M
Reigate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Plenty to see here and good to get another perspective of the upheaval this country has seen in the last 50 years.

Thank NavidS269
Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Entry was secure - we registered with ID, metal detector, xray...ticketer at entry was welcoming and informative. Interesting exhibits. Very clean. Mandela documentary was OK. Gift shop was very gracious - getting someone to unlock the Auditorium - it was a Sunday.

Thank Vince C
Greater Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

A very well presented exhibition that gives a very good insight into some of the history of South Africa and the Jewish community. The holocaust exhibition is a very moving experience. Both are well worth a visit. After visiting the exhibition enjoy a walk through the park at the back of the National Gallery.

Thank FC021956
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

The SAJM is set in the beautiful Company Gardens, which is definitely worth a visit whenever in Cape Town. If the SAJM is having a special exhibit, it might well be worth checking out, along with a visit to the SA National Gallery, virtually adjacent, as well as the SA Museum (natural history) and the Slave Lodge, all situated in... More 

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