Chavonnes Battery Museum

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Chavonnes Battery Museum
4.5
Military Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Relive the early history of Cape Town through fascinating artifacts, detailed displays, exhibits and information boards. Step below sea level to the sand of the original Cape Town shoreline and explore the Archaeological ruins of this Dutch East India Company fortification that has been buried for 140 years. Explore a robust schedule International Photo Exhibitions.
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Elvira
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan1 contribution
May 2020
I'm looking for a Museum in Cape town where the first mailbox is located. the stone under which sailors left letters to Europe at the Cape of Good Hope
Written 17 May 2020
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Nicnac13
10 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Hidden beneath the glitz and glitter that is now the V&A Waterfront are the remains of the original harbour defences - discovered during the extensive development and building. The marvellous new museum that has been built over and around these remains, explaining and showing them off, is really worth a visit. It is fascinating to see the rocks, walls and sand that used to be exposed to the sea. Free Wi-Fi and free tea and coffee too! Can't recommend this place too highly. Pair it with a visit to the castle, and you will understand Cape Town's history and development.
Written 6 February 2020
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thobbes1
Denver, CO67 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo

This is an excellent small Museum featuring the excavated Chavones battery from the mid 18th century. It also has some nice summary displays in English and Afrikanz of the early history of the Cape Colony. I highly recommend this for bigger kids too. Lots of cannons and cool stuff to see.
Written 3 December 2019
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wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK1 915 contributions
Nov 2019
We went on a historical walk of the V & A Waterfront organised by, and starting from, the Chavonnes Battery Museum. We were the only two people on the tour, so were able to really ask a lot of questions to our excellent young guide Matthew. Interesting and informative, it enabled us to see the Waterfront in a new light.
Written 15 November 2019
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Fran R
Zurich, Switzerland372 contributions
Oct 2019
it is close to many other places at waterfront
the museum has great explanations
on history, buildings, changes ion the geography due to land retrieve
Written 10 November 2019
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CapeCoddess
Mashpee, MA47 contributions
Oct 2019
Excellent addition to learning about the fascinating history of Cape Town. It is a quick history of the fortification around the city. It is very close to where you board the boat for Robben Island.
Written 8 October 2019
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133cecilien
Newcastle, Australia10 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Visited this museum on a Saturday morning and found ourselves the only visitors for the entire 45 minutes we were there!? It definitely deserves a larger audience: covers a fundamental part of Cape Town history. Not to be missed - well worth the 100 rand admission fee.
Written 25 May 2019
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Kathleen M
Scottish Borders, UK69 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
If you have hour to spare, this is worth a visit. Downstairs is a permanent exhibition of the old Battery, including hundreds of artifacts and the remains of the Battery walls, which you can touch. Really interesting. Upstairs is a gallery for photographic exhibitions and other art works. We saw wonderful pictures of Mnt. Huangshan, rural China - amazing.
Written 14 May 2019
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Michelle13
Durban, South Africa31 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
This site was rediscovered during the construction of the V&A Waterfront (this type of discovery does not happen often in South Africa). Besides being able to walk along part of the original structure which marked the natural shoreline there are also cannons on display and other archaeological finds
Written 31 March 2019
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BestRegards FromFar
Cape Town Central, South Africa328 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
We decided to tour the V&A with this Historical Guided Walking Tour. Even though we had been to the V&A before, we learnt a lot about its interesting history. Matthew passionately guided us along the waterfront explaining about how the V&A slowly took shape to what it looks like today. Hearing the stories about what it used to be like added a total different dimension to this now booming part of Cape Town. The guided tour picks up on the moment that the Chavonnes Battery got destroyed in order to create the Alfred Basin. Touring the museum in a guided tour prior to the Waterfront tour, gave us a perfect wrap up of history. From the early settlers to the building of the Chavonnes Battery, to its excavation. We highly recommend taking both tours. You will see the Waterfront through different eyes and learn some great historical facts!
Written 29 January 2019
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