About the SA Jewish Museum

A moving tribute and detailed account of one of the great Jewish communities of the diaspora, the South African Jewish Museum is one of Cape Town’s not-to-be missed heritage experiences.

Situated in the midst of arguably the most interesting and historic urban square miles in the country, and on a campus that includes SA’s first, oldest and surely grandest synagogue, the South African Jewish Museum is nevertheless a marvel of modern architecture, and one whose contents mirror this fusion of the old world and the new.

Its sleek, gleaming interiors house a range of interactive displays, audio-visual presentations and rare and fascinating artefacts, taking visitors on a journey back to South African Jewry’s early roots, and painting a portrait of a community who were extraordinarily influential in the building of South Africa as we know it, and who continue to thrive and impact society at every level.

The museum also looks back fondly at the origins of SA Jewry hailing from Eastern Europe and elsewhere (and featuring a wonderful recreation of shtetl life) and traces the cultural history of Jews, Jewish life and Judaism in general.

As an added attraction, the museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Netsuke (Japanese miniature art).

A thrilling combination of the old and new, the historic and the contemporary, the religious and the worldly, the South African Jewish Museum is a fitting tribute to a community who have been and continue to be at the epicentre of South Africa’s economic, political and cultural narrative.

  • Museum Hours

    Sunday – Thursday 10am – 4pm
    Friday 10am – 2pm
    Closed Saturdays and Jewish Holidays
  • Admission Prices

    Adults R100.00
    SA Pensioners R50.00
    Students (Under 12 years) FREE
    Students (Over 12 years) R50.00
    Red Sightseeing Bus 50% Discount
    Audio Guides R20.00
    Photo ID required
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  • Jewish Holidays 2020

    Wed, 8 Apr Erev Pesach (close at 14h00)
    Thurs, 9 Apr 1st day Pesach (closed)
    Fri, 10 Apr 2nd day Pesach (closed)
    Tues, 14 Apr Erev Pesach (close at 14h00)
    Wed, 15 Apr 7th day Pesach (closed)
    Thurs, 16 Apr 8th day Pesach (closed)
    Thurs, 28 May Erev Shavuot (closed)
    Fri, 29 May 1st day Shavuot (closed)
    Sat, 30 May 2nd day Shavuot (closed)
    Fri, 18 Sept Erev Rosh Hashanah (close at 14h00)
    Sat, 19 Sept 1st day Rosh Hashanah (closed)
    Sun, 20 Sept 2nd day Rosh Hashanah (closed)
    Sun, 27 Sept Erev Yom Kippur (close at 14h00)
    Mon, 28 Sept Yom Kippur (closed)
    Fri, 2 Oct Erev Sukkot (close at 14h00)
    Sat, 3 Oct Sukkot (closed)
    Sun, 4 Oct Sukkot (closed)
    Fri, 9 Oct Erev Shmini Atzeret (close at 14h00)
    Sat, 10 Oct Shmini Atzeret (closed)
    Sun, 11 Oct Simchat Torah (closed)

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UK Jewish Film Festival On Demand Film-Streaming Service

The SAJM, in conjunction with the UK Jewish Film Festival, is pleased to offer you the opportunity to view the latest Jewish-themed films, all in the comfort of your own home. For the first time, the UK Jewish Film Festival On Demand film-streaming service will be available in...
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The SAJM Education Outreach Programme

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