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Iziko Slave Lodge

Address: Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town Central 8000 , South Africa
Phone Number: 021 467 7229
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town and was previously known as the South...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Lisboa, Portugal
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This could be a wonderfull museum, but it gets lost in the middle of the way... The exhibition start with a film and some statistics but the rest of it is a collection of different themes, poorly related and boring in the end. With suc a rich theme our expectations were high... Sorry to say that we agreed that it... More 

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Cobham, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
37 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This is one of the oldest buildings in South Africa, dating back to 1660. It has a bitter history as until the early 1800s it housed up to 1000 slaves at a time. Since then it has been used variously as a brothel, a jail, a post office, a library and then the Cape Supreme Court until 1914. The start... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We visited the Slave Lodge with an open mind. The entrance free was two visitors for the price of one, about £5.00. The building is in central Cape Town, formally used as a court house, originally built as a compound to store slaves. The museum was empty, no visitors, lots of information, many artefacts, but no tourists or locals! The... More 

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Wicklow, Ireland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This museum is really worth a visit as it explains very well the history behind the slave trade and how South Africa became such a diverse city. The layout is a bit confusing and the voiceover sections are quite annoying as you're trying to read something but it was very interesting and well worth a visit. Entry fee is cheap.

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Bagnone, Italia
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22 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

this museum is worth a visit and not only to know about the terrible stories of those people "objects" of the slave trade, but also to know a lot about pottery and fabrics made in this country. I loved, in particular, the vessels exhibition. The entrance fee is cheap

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Aspley Guise, England, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
42 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This turned out to be a large museum. The building itself is very attractive. The story of the slave trade is of course very sobering. But there's much more than just the slave story here, so as others have pointed out the overall theme of the place is a bit confusing. Upstairs we found a music display with a really... More 

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Hull England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

An inexpensive review of slavery in South Africa. Also included is a sample of the nicest silverware arms and watches etc which came as a real added bonus . Strongly recommended

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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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61 attraction reviews
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This place acts as a sobering reminder of just how evil Human nature can be. It has some interesting exhibits which as 'standalones' would be very good. But somehow everything doesn't fit together ; there are lots of rooms and rooms within rooms which are confusing in terms of knowing where to go next... And whilst a number of exhibits... More 

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Dublin
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Located in the hear of cape town it is well wort a visit. As the name implies it traces the slave trade and discusses its effects today on society. A must for any one interested in people and social history.

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Des Moines, Washington
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Worth a visit although I was expecting a bit more in the way of the slave exhibits. Informative and in a well preserved building, I thought the museum presentation a bit disjointed. Photos not allowed of the slave exhibits. There are additional exhibits ranging from early muskets and rifles to Egyptian artifacts. Several rooms were closed, some exhibits being reorganized.... More 

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