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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
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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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Very good for a quick pass.

This museum is not too big and is also very simple and direct to the subject I would advice you to go for a quick pass anyway it worth a lot to know some true about the slave and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Wagner B
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Dublin, Ireland
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Lystrup, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In this old building, one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town the slaves from the far east were housed in very miserable conditions. Thousands of slaves brought to South Africa from Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Madagascar were brought hereto to be used as slaves in Cape Town. The women stayed in the lodge during the day serving as prostitutes.... More 

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Thank Lars M
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is not too big and is also very simple and direct to the subject I would advice you to go for a quick pass anyway it worth a lot to know some true about the slave and apartheid years.

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Thank Wagner B
Martock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is very well laid out, very interesting its very emotional place take some tissues.the building it self is very interesting

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a shame for all what it is meant to be or was once meant to be... The exhibits are not kept in the best shape, the media installations (including a simple video) are not working...at least they say so. We thought they switched it off/ left it off to safe money...like light-installations in another room. This place... More 

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Greater Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting place to visit but only an average experience. No great highlights other than the experience of knowing what the buildings history was. As they note in the exhibition inside there are very few records to give a detailed insight into the real slave trading history so it is a work in progress. I am sure it will improve... More 

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Thank FC021956
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I made a special trip into Central Cape Town to see this museum and was very disappointed. Although the building has an interesting history the downstairs section is little more than a collection of posters and is somewhat repetitive. This is clearly a work in progress but they have a long way to go to make this a worthwhile exhibition.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My guide brought me to this place and it was a real treat. You don't need too long to read all about the slave trade that took place here. I guess being from the United States I did not realize that any part of Africa had slaves, I thought only of the slaves that were brought from Africa to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gives the history from just before 1600 ad very interesting ,They had a great video show which I felt should be shown at the beginning rather than half way through the tour

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This wasn't nearly as interesting as I'd hoped it would be, and is oddly laid out with no sense of where to go next, but it's worth a quick trip if time allows.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We missed seeing the Slave Lodge during our last visit to the Cape in 2014 and had looked forward to including it during our 2016/17 visit. To be honest I was a little underwhelmed and had the sense that it was a great opportunity to tell a story - missed. On the positive side the displays and information on (if... More 

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