Take a journey back to the early roots of the South African Jewish community with interactive displays, audio-visual presentations and rare and fascinating artefacts. Marvel at the modern architecture of the museum itself, the contents of which mirror the fusion between the past and present. Take note of the museum’s notable drawbridge feature, connecting the Old Synagogue to the new museum building, which symbolises a ship’s gangway along which immigrants would have been expected to walk. Don’t miss an opportunity to view the world’s finest collections of Netsuke
Visit: South African Jewish Museum, Cape Town Central, Western CapeThe museum hosts temporary and permanent exhibitions, while the Cape Town Holocaust Centre located upstairs is an insightful and emotional experience. Guests are encouraged to watch the fascinating 25-minute documentary Nelson Mandela: A Righteous Man, which is permanently on show at the museum. The documentary is covered in the ticket price and is an appropriate closure to a day at the museum. Founded by Mendel Kaplan, the South African Jewish Museum was officially opened by former president Nelson Mandela in 2000. Though still relatively new, the museum has deep historic roots including the distinction of being housed in South Africa’s first synagogue, built in 1863. The museum is intended to be a dutiful record of the history of South Africa’s Jewish community. This includes the community’s historical roots in Lithuania and elsewhere, its instrumental role in the evolution of South African democracy and noteworthy contributions to contemporary society.