South African Jewish Museum
Officially opened by Nelson Mandela in December 2000, the South African Jewish Museum
is the brainchild of the late Mendel Kaplan, one of the nation's most iconic philanthropists and community activists. It stands today within South Africa's first synagogue, which was built in 1863.
Hotel guests staying at the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore
can access the museum by taking a short walk to Hatfield Street from the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore. The museum is 24 minutes away on foot, and can be reached using public transport links throughout the city.
What to see at the South African Jewish museum
The museum's state-of-the-art building can be accessed from the Old Synagogue by drawbridge. The SAJM charts the history of South Africa's Jewish community, its roots, and its pivotal role in building the nation as we know it today.
Through multimedia exhibits, interactive installations and faithful recreations, visitors will learn about the arrival of the first Jewish immigrants from Britain and Germany in the early 1800s, instrumental Jews through history, and how the Jewish people have informed South Africa culturally, politically and socially over the years.
There is also a diverse selection of seasonal exhibits including art displays, conferences and more. Guests can pre-book a guided tour around the museum by filling out a request from on its official website, with adult admission costing R40.00. Opening times are 10am-5pm Sunday to Thursday and 10am-2pm on Fridays. It is closed on Saturdays.
Accommodation near the South African Jewish Museum
The Park Inn hotel's central location makes it ideal for tourists looking to sample all of the sights and attractions Cape Town has to offer, and its RBG Bar & Grill is ideal for those looking to unwind after a long day of exploration.
88 Hatfield Street