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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 2 days ago

At R30 - very reasonably priced for visiting this important museum. There was actually a great AIDS exhibition when you enter on the right hand side which I thought was incredible - lots of thought provoking photography and a great short video in the room...More

Thank JoshDeee
Reviewed 1 week ago

I do not think it would be possible not to be affected by what one sees in this museum...can it be true that man is so inhumane to his fellow man, just because of his colour...I am appalled...and even more so to know that slavery...More

Thank Jane W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The slave lodge is one of the oldest structures in Cape Town and has seen a varied history. The slavery aspect of the museum and its interpretation is only confined to about 25% of the structure and the remainder focuses on HIV/AIDS and ammunition. I...More

Thank Uwe H
Reviewed 1 week ago

AIDS museum, not slave museum! Many attactions out of service. Really a waste of time. I was looking for a slave history, like how the slaves went to Américas, but there isn't. Half of the museum talk about AIDS. Why call it Slave Museum? Call...More

1  Thank Felipe G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small museum that seeks to tell you a story if you listen. Please go and learn. I was surprised that there was such a large exhibition on HIV/AIDS. Definitely noteworthy.

Thank IfeMathis
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A museum which captures the dark period of slavery and difficult times. It is worth a visit to appreciate the phenomenal change & multicultural acceptance which S African are now proud off.

Thank askuksia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recommend it, but I wish it were better organized. We are glad we went. It is worth it, but it seems like it could be better.

Thank Sailing-Traveler1976
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This attraction is an important visit to Cape Town. The primary exhibits deal with slaves during colonial times. The majority of the exhibits are not related to slavery but more contemporary subjects.

Thank Tim R
Reviewed 7 August 2017

My kids took a tour of the Slave Lodge with parents. Our tour was excellent, though it might depend on the guide. Ours was Fariq (not sure of spelling) and he was very passionate about South African history and future. He kept us and our...More

Thank MamaAyinde
Reviewed 26 July 2017

The Slave Lodge not only presents the story of the slaves in South Africa, which is compelling enough, but also includes fascinating exhibits on other topics, such as (when we were there) a special photography exhibit on HIV/ AIDS, which is rampant in Africa. Very...More

Thank Snarth
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