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Iziko Slave Lodge

Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
+27 21 467 7229
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The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town and was previously known as the South African Cultural History Museum. The lower level of this museum explores the long history of slavery in South Africa. Through changing, temporary exhibitions the museum addresses issues around and raises awareness of human rights.The upper level galleries as well as other spaces in the museum will be renewed in the coming years and currently showcases some highlights from the museums ceramics, silverware and Egyptology collections.
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Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
+27 21 467 7229
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice museum that portrays the lives and history of different ethnic groups that were used as slaves in this area. More information needs to be presented from the slave point of view instead of the slave owners. I felt a little misled.

Thank Eartha B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum outlined the historical horrors of slavery and how it shaped Cape Town. You got an overview of the slave trade and how through this horrific practice Cape Town was shaped by other cultures. Gave a glimpse of how people who were traded maintain...More

Thank OurThoughts4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very important museum. The expositions approach present several kind of slave. Tell about problems' root and about the actual nowadays slaves. Sad history.

Thank Viviana B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delved into the history of the Lodge as a prison and as a forced home for so amy poor souls. Also learnt about the humour of the Artist sculptor who made the lion o docile animal on the door sculpture.

Thank Ramesh B
Reviewed 2 June 2017

This is a nice museum. They do a good job of highlighting the horrors that took place within its walls a few centuries ago.

Thank mikelmower
Reviewed 1 June 2017

I revisited The Slave Lodge after many years living abroad and was both emotionally affected and yet interested to find out more about the history of slavery at the Cape in the 17th and 18th century. The film show was graphic and moving, the photographs...More

Thank Berenice N
Reviewed 20 May 2017

This is an interesting place to visit with information about the past. There is an eclectic collection on the 2nd floor.

Thank ozzie5melbourne
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This is a small museum, but it has some great displays. It covers slavery, apartheid, and the music of S.A. It also currently has a clothing display and historic artifacts. Very interesting place to visit.

Thank Andrea T
Reviewed 13 May 2017

A large size of museum of South African history. The exhibits are vivid, entertaining and informative touching every aspect of SA's history. Spend there 2 hours and you will understand SA so much more through their history from beginning to today. One of the best...More

1  Thank Gabr_Docker
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

We came here on a Monday afternoon and spent around 2 hours exploring this fascinating museum. Entrance costs 30.00R per adult. The displays are very impressive, educational, and emotional. Simply unmissable!

1  Thank TravelReviewer1983
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