South African Jewish Museum, Cape Town

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Established in 2000 by members of the Jewish Diaspora, South African Jewish Museum remains part of a synagogue complex, built in 1905. The exhibits narrate the history of South Africa's Jewish community, with a special focus on their fight for equality and struggle to maintain a distinct heritage. In addition to the Jewish memorabilia, the museum also displays a large collection of Japanese miniature art. To plan Cape Town vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • Such a great experience. A beautiful museum Wel looked after. Lots of fascinating details and a reminder why we must never forget crimes of the past. Helpful, insightful staff. 
    Such a great experience. A beautiful museum Wel looked after. Lots of fascinating details and a reminder why we must never forget crimes of the past. Helpful, insightful staff.  more »
  • We enjoyed our tour to the Jewish Museum. We learned quite alot of history involving the jewish culture in Cape Town. The building is incredibly beautiful. The Guide Rick was also very knowledgeable. 
    We enjoyed our tour to the Jewish Museum. We learned quite alot of history involving the jewish culture in Cape Town. The building is incredibly beautiful. The Guide Rick was also very knowledgeable.  more »
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  • Always plenty to learn here. Definitely worth the guided tour, having been before on my own. Lots of stories and interesting tidbits added that were of interest to the group I was with. The Director knows his space and the community history. I was far more engaged than taking photos.
  • The South African Jewish Museum is a nice little museum, but not nearly worth the rather steep entrance fee of 200 R. The exhibition on the top floor provides some interesting information about the Jewish history of South Africa, but doesn't really explore any topic in depth. The multimedia parts of the exhibition do not add anything to the museum experience. About a quarter of the whole museum is dedicated to the life of a cricketer, and that space could have been used more fruitfully to explore other topics. The reconstruction of life in the shtetl lacks any annotation. Overall the museum is overpriced for what it is, and underwhelming for how much it costs.

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