Step back in time and chart the history of the first Jews in South Africa and learn of their heritage still present in the country today

The South African Jewish Museum pays tribute to one the great Jewish communities of the diaspora and is one of Cape Town’s not-to-be missed heritage experiences, located in one of the most interesting and historic urban square miles in the country. The South African Jewish Museum is a fine example of modern architecture, and one whose collections and exhibitions reflect a fusion of the old world and the new.

Please note: Photo ID is required.


  • Finest examples of modern architecture
  • Shares its campus with the first and oldest synagogue in South Africa
  • Depicts history and heritage of first Jews in South Africa
  • Cultural history of Judaism and Jewish life
  • Collection of one of the finest collections of Japanese miniature art


The South African Jewish Museum is notable, on first glance, for its sleek interiors – but it doesn’t stop there. Within the museum are a range of interactive displays, audio-visual presentations and rare and fascinating artefacts which take visitors on a journey back to South African Jew’s earliest roots.

Learn about the history and heritage of the original Jews who settled in South Africa from Eastern Europe and elsewhere through a wonderful recreation of shtetl life and the cultural history of Jews, Jewish life and Judaism in general.

Through these exhibitions, you’ll discover just how this influential community was in part responsible for the making of the South Africa – economically, politically, and culturally – that we know today and who still thrives and impacts society at every level.

The museum is also home to one of the world’s finest collections of Netsuke (Japanese miniature art) which completes this wonderful parallel of the old and new, the historic and the contemporary, the religious and the worldly.

IMPORTANT: This experience is normally R200 but is included in your SMARTPASS, see the prices for all Passes HERE.

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Monday 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 14.00
Saturday Closed
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00

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88 Hatfield St, Gardens, Cape Town


+27 21 465 1546