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Address: Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town Central 8000 , South Africa
Phone Number: 021 467 7229
Description: 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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A very interesting and indepth history of the slaves in South Africa. I had no idea that the Dutch West Indies Company was involved in slavery or that people from all over Africa... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Well kept museum with lots to explore. I could have taken half a day just in here. Great interactive displays, and good history. Its saddens me that slavery built the Cape

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 379 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

It was okay. The museum was not that informative on the subject, just very general information. We were there just less than an hour. A good rainy day activity - not a must do.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

A well kept and well maintained museum that teaches visitors about the intricacies of slavery in the olden days and the dehumanizing atrocities that came with the practice. A must see, there is also so much about the human spirit that can be gleaned from a visit here.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

A lovely collection of unusual artifacts, covering various aspects. Would have liked to have seen more concerning the slavery, and areas on the museum pointed out what they had been used for. A nice museum, just not what we expected.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

A very interesting and indepth history of the slaves in South Africa. I had no idea that the Dutch West Indies Company was involved in slavery or that people from all over Africa, India and the Indonesian countries were enslaved by them. I had a pit in my stomach realizing the injustices done I this very place.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The Slave Lodge offers a history lesson on slavery in Cape Town and in general. It is worth spending and hour or two here to understand this terrible trade. An excellent modern museum. Close to the Company Gardens.

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The lodge doesn't offer a map. I think maybe that's telling. You just choose your route and try to put the story pieces together. You will learn interesting facts here. A lot of memorabilia type displayed, I.e. The gun display with the handmade models and up to the AK-47 are interesting. Not sure how a lot of items viewed fit... More 

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Rye, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Visiting this museum gave us a real understanding of the history of the British Empire, the Dutch East India Company and the slave trade that was ultimately abolished by the British in the early 1800's. A tour of this building really opens your eyes to how the slave trade operated to support empire building in Africa.

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Ghent, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The museum gives a very good overview of the history of slavery. Its a combination of photography, movie material, the reconstruction of a part of a boat, poetry, very nicely done. It makes you think about Human thinking!

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Milton Keynes
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I would highly recommend this gem of a museum to people interested in history of Cape Town from a non white perspective. The history and contribution of the slaves and how this has shaped the multi cultural mix of Cape Town was movingly and well told. Some of the supporting exhibits were interesting but did not always gel with the... More 

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Address: Address: Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town Central 8000 , South Africa
Phone Number: 021 467 7229
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central

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