The South African Jewish Museum is in the “Museum Mile” of Cape Town. It is one of the city’s must-see attractions for both local and international tourists! The museum was officially opened by Nelson Mandela in December 2000.

Furthermore, the museum occupies a prime position in the centre of the Cape Town Jewish community. The premises of the museum features:
  • The Cape Town Holocaust Centre
  • Café Riteve Kosher Restaurant
  • The SAJM Judaica and Gift Shop
  • The Gardens Synagogue
  • The Jacob Gitlin Communal Library
  • The Nelson Mandela Auditorium
  • Finally, The Israel Abrahams Hall & Conference Centre
Above all, the South African Jewish Museum offers its visitors a truly unique experience. The museum combines the old and new. The historic and contemporary. The religious and worldly. The museum is an appropriate tribute to a community who are an important part of South Africa’s history.   
For example, one of the museum’s many features is a wonderfully recreated shtetl (small town). It displays the past living conditions of Jewish forebears. Similarly, what they left behind in search of new opportunities. Furthermore, visitors to the museum learn about the cultural history of the Jewish community and Judaism. Meanwhile, some highlights include the history of largely impoverished Jewish immigrants. Many of them escaped the sufferings in Eastern Europe, arrived on southern African shores and proceeded to build successful communities.
In addition, another attraction which the museum uses to lure in tourists is that it homes the exclusive Nelson Mandela documentary. It’s called ‘A Righteous Man’. Furthermore, the documentary received wide acclaim at the Vancouver, Brighton and Toronto Film Festivals. Visitors of the museum may also find that it has one of the world’s finest collections of Netsuke. In other words, these are 17th and 18th-century Japanese miniature sculptures. Simply fabulous!


  • Sunday – Thursday: 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Friday: 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Open on public holidays
  • Closed Saturday and Jewish Holidays
  • Photo ID required


  • 80m up Hatfield Street from Museum entrance
Don’t wait, visit today!

SA Jewish Museum