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Iziko Slave Lodge

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Address: Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
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+27 21 467 7229

The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town and was...

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

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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

Thank ozzie5melbourne
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 museums I have seen.

Thank Gabr_Docker
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!

Thank TravelReviewer1983
Draper, Utah
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the Iziko Slave Lodge in April 2017. It is pretty inexpensive and if you go on your own with out a tour guide, you can control your own pace and how long you stay. We spent about 90 minutes there and the exhibits are really neat to look at. The museum gives a lot of... More 

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Goodwood, South Africa
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

The Slave lodge has very interesting exhibits, there should be more information on where the slaves came from .

Thank Mike_G6308
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

Well presented narrative telling the story of the slaves whose toil and tears made this a successful country. Two terrific, very moving exhibitions, 'Singing Freedom' - the role of music in the struggle against apartheid - and 'Red in the Rainbow' about an extraordinary couple, Fred and Sarah Carneson who were anti apartheid activists. I went for an hour and... More 

Thank Janet R
Blantyre, Malawi
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

We have spent 10 days in Cape Town and have seen everything that we wanted to see and decided to come here. The museum is very interesting and has a informative way of telling the history of Slavery and the effect it had on the country. I can't say this would be first on my list of places to come... More 

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

We spent around 1 to 2 hours here. The initial information about slavery was very interesting and informative. There are a lot of other exhibitions in this museum that are nothing to do with slavery and I found that a little disappointing as the whole reason I sought this Slave Lodge out was to find out more information about slavery.... More 

Thank Selina M
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

I have been in several museums in South Africa and history is always completed. Here it talks mainly about Apartheid and cultural differences and not much about history of building and slaves. I felt that there was much more to say about that theme that wasn't spoken. That's why I felt disappointed. Besides that it has good materials and was... More 

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