South African Jewish Museum

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Take a journey back to the early roots of the South African Jewish community with interactive displays, audio-visual presentations and rare and fascinating artefacts. Marvel at the modern architecture of the museum itself, the contents of which mirror the fusion between the past and present. Take note of the museum’s notable drawbridge feature, connecting the Old Synagogue to the new museum building, which symbolises a ship’s gangway along which immigrants would have been expected to walk. Don’t miss an opportunity to view the world’s finest collections of Netsuke – carved, miniature Japanese sculptures originating from the 17th Century. After an informative afternoon, enjoy a break at the museum’s Café Riteve restaurant.

Hosts different exhibitions
Holocaust Centre emotional experience
Documentary: Nelson Mandela - a Righteous Man
Starts

88 Hatfield Street, Gardens

Hours of operation

10h00 - 17h00 (14h00 on Fridays)

Days of operation

Sunday - Friday. - this ticket is valid for single entry for 14 days after the chosen date
Closed Friday after 14h00 and Saturdays
Closed on Jewish Holidays

Know before you go

Please bring photo ID with you
Discover the early roots of the vibrant South African Jewish community in this historical building, visit the Cape Town Holocaust Centre on the first floor and watch the emotional documentary “Nelson Mandela: A Righteous Man”.

Included

Visit the SA Jewish Museum and Holocaust center

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Please see the MEGA PASS

HIGHLIGHTS
MORE INFORMATION

  • Historical building of Cape Town
  • Hosts different exhibitions
  • Cape Town Holocaust Centre emotional experience
  • Includes Nelson Mandela: A Righteous Man documentary viewing

History

Founded by Mendel Kaplan, the South African Jewish Museum was officially opened by former president Nelson Mandela in 2000. Though still relatively new, the museum has deep historic roots including the distinction of being housed in South Africa’s first synagogue, built in 1863. The museum is intended to be a dutiful record of the history of South Africa’s Jewish community. This includes the community’s historical roots in Lithuania and elsewhere, its instrumental role in the evolution of South African democracy and noteworthy contributions to contemporary society.

Practical information


  • Photo ID required for all visitors
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