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“well worth a visit”

South African Jewish Museum
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US$69.59*
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Cape Town City Pass including Two Oceans Aquarium and District Six Museum
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The museum narrates the story of South African Jewry from its early beginnings, set against the backdrop of South African history over a period of more than 150 years. We cover a number of areas of interest, including South African history, mining, commerce, Eastern European history, contemporary South African politics as well as an overview of the Jewish community’s contribution in all its aspects of South African history and conscience. An exclusive documentary film – "Nelson Mandela. A Righteous Man", is screened throughout the day, a documentary, which has won wide acclaim at the Brighton, Vancouver and Toronto Film Festivals.
Reviewed 25 May 2014

The security man sked if I had any thing sharp I said 'only my wits' and he told me he had heard the reply about a million times so disproving my assertion, just a heads up if you are feeling clever.
The museum is in three parts the first is General Jewish religious memorabilia and is mildly interesting.
The Second is the history of the Jewish community in South Africa and is fascinating and on the whole very well put together so that some like me who knew little of the subject could learn stuff and I imagine even people steeped in the subject would still find the visit worth while I did feel that a very subtle attempt was made to distance the Jewish community from any possible Apartheid type sins the list of prominent Jewish politicians were all Anti-Apartheid the quote from Mandala about his work for a Jewish law firm highlighted his positive remarks and somewhat skipped over his previous not so praising earlier remark in the same book.
The Third part is a Holocaust display which naturally is only very indirectly concerned with South Africa but although it is a well know story it is told in in very dispassionate manner that even explains the circumstances and motivations for what happened this tone I found a very effecting and maybe for the First time bought the view that is often put that this event could quiet easily happen again in a modern industrialised country if people aren't vigilant .

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Reviewed 18 May 2014

The story of the Jews in South Africa is brilliantly portrayed in this elegant museum in the heart of the city. The quality of the exhibits and the multi-media presentations put this right up there as a tribute to a vital segment of South African history. Parking in the street nearby.

Thank BFC51
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

So handy for the Hop-On Hop-Off bus. Glad we brought some proper ID for security entry to site.
The staff were friendly and helpful. Had no idea there was such a connection with Mandela.
The Holocaust display was deeply moving.
There is a small cafe restaurant onsite.

Thank Straight_Forward
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

The museum is located in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood. We enjoyed our personal tour from the woman at the welcome desk. She was very patient and talked about the temple and allowed photos to be taken. Very informal but informative. Across the walkway was an additional museum that was self guided and interesting.

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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Interesting and informative and not only about the Jewish community. Gives history of South Africa in general and through the eyes of the immigrant Jewish population.

Thank VLtrips
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