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Reviewed 23 September 2014

After putting the family on the ferry for 4 hrs, what to do? Well, right opposite the entrance for the ferry is the Chavonnes Battery Museum. I was greeted cordially and paid the R35 entrance fee, I was then left on my own after getting a brief history of the place from the lady at the front desk. Was a bit confused by the layout at first, especially since they have a art expo under construction at the moment which did not seem to be very museum like (dark subject matter) once i found myself downstairs though, I spent a good hour or so discovering the history of Cape Town through very informative charts. The one section is a bit confusing as it has modern day memorabilia and no charts or explanation as to why it is there. Otherwise a good place and authentic layout. Some spots needs better lighting as it is hard to read the information set out.
The other reason for visiting here is the fact that they are doing a learnership programme for disadvantaged youth from areas of Cape Town where finance is a problem. They also do fire the canons from time to time and all you need to do is to check their website to see when the next firing will be.

Date of experience: September 2014
Thank Reuben C
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

I absolutely love this museum! What a wonderful hidden gem at the V&A Waterfront. Besides interesting tours that they offer, sharing the history of South Africa (all dressed in period garb), they also offer their venue for functions.

Today we hosted an information session for 15 delegates.The very dynamic Dale and her team went out of their way to give us a wonderfully memorable experience.

FOOD: The spread of tea, coffee, juice and delicious pastries, nuts and fruit was lovely, and beautifully presented.

PARKING: It's at the Waterfront, so there is ample parking available. However, make sure that you set enough time aside to deal with early morning traffic (if your event is early in the morning).

RECOMMENDABLE: Absolutely - they can comfortably accommodate 20 people (if not more!) in the seating arrangement that we had.

RECOMMENDABLE: Definitely!

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank Regine L
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Excellent military and historical Cape Town museum! We discovered this museum on a rainy day but it would be educational and interesting even on a sunny day. Close to Robben island ferry so a good add on before or after. Great insight to the beginnings of Cape Town.

Date of experience: July 2014
Thank 11jud11
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Really interesting museum with actual excavated parts of original Cape Town and really good interpretation of the whole history of Cape Town. Really informative and interesting. really enjoyed it.

Date of experience: July 2014
Thank Jenny N
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ChavonnesMUSEUM, Manager at Chavonnes Battery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2014

Thank you for the review Jenny, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Chavonnes Battery and hope you took pics that you can share. We trust the rest of your trip was a fun and memorable experience and that you will visit South Africa again. On your own or in a group, you are welcome!

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

The first time i went to the Chavonnes Battery Museum was to view the Da Vinci exhibition and my God was i impressed with both, the exhibition and the location. The museum was like a modern underground dungeon. The exhibition was amazing as everyone should know. must go to the museum under normal circumstances as it looked very interesting.

Date of experience: February 2014
Thank RaviN_ZA
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ChavonnesMUSEUM, Manager at Chavonnes Battery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2014

Hello Ravi, Thank you for your review and for your interest in the ruins of the Chavonnes Battery. This is the only place you can touch the sand of the original shoreline that has been buried for 300 years. Our exhibitions are ever evolving, besides the displays about cannons, the models of the shoreline and the battery, there are information panels that tell you about life at the Cape then. Our new exhibitions include the Rocket Lifesaving Apparatus and Wagon (Cape Town's first NSRI) and we have invited various Contemporary Artist to showcase their work. Please visit our website for more details. On your own or in a group, you are welcome.

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