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Iziko Slave Lodge

Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town 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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  • Average20%
  • Poor3%
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Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town 8000, South Africa
+27 21 467 7229
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to try and understand something of Cape Town's history, and this is a good p;ace to start. The exhibition is well laid out and logical and the building hosts other short duration exhibits - so check if it's something you want to visit

Thank Elaine S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a very intersting and quite emotional place to visit supposedly on the actual site of the slave market. There are many many exhibits, but the signage is poor and it is only because we were nosey and went in all the rooms and...More

1  Thank Tpouvtn
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This building, built in 1660, is one of the oldest in South Africa, and once housed slaves held by the Dutch East India company. The museum exhibits are very informative and enlightening. I spent about 45 minutes inside and enjoyed it.

Thank rejoicing
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

You can easily spend a few hours wandering around this building. From how slavery impacted Africa to music to clothing to aids, military weapons and how and why the ever popular "black face" began. I was in both parts moved and equally informed. Slavery is...More

Thank Heidi H
Reviewed 22 September 2017

This is another politically charged museum but it is actually pretty interesting. A variety of exhibits mostly of the "slave theme" but includes interesting views of the South African past.

Thank yellowpixels
Reviewed 18 September 2017

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 13 September 2017

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 12 September 2017 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

1  Thank Uwe H
Reviewed 10 September 2017

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

2  Thank Felipe G
Reviewed 30 August 2017

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.

1  Thank IfeMathis
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