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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 Building with History

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The building itself is impressive. The history of the people who used to live there is moving. The section about apartheid is interesting. The collections of jewellery, glasswork, blue print material and so on come as a surprise and are most welcome.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The film and some of the first exhibits were good on the history of the Capetown area and in particular the cruelty of slavery. After that one wandered rooms that had nothing to do with the theme. Upstairs was even worse - collections of stuff, contemporary art, etc. Not worth the effort. Admission was ~ 4 USD each.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I was staying next to this museum so it wasn't out of my way, but I would say its not worth going out of your way for! the first room with film was interesting. then the rooms got less interesting and not as much info on slavery as I had hoped. on the other side of the main building were... More 

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St. John's, Newfoundland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The museum is very well organized and presented, and helps one gain an understanding of the history of Cape Town (and South Africa), the routes that brought people to the area (the colonial powers and the slaves), and a sense of the complexity of South African society today. It is well worth a bit of one's time. BTW, the admission... More 

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Launceston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The first three/four rooms were excellent, after that disappointing. Exhibitions didn't seem to fit the slave theme and building poorly signed with no obvious flow. Entry fee very modest so worth a look if you're passing. Could be so much more given a chance, such a story to tell shame it's far too compact in its delivery.

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Lisboa, Portugal
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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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Surrey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

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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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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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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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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