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“Worth visiting” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Iziko Slave Lodge

Iziko Slave Lodge
Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town Central 8000 , South Africa
021 467 7229
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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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.
King William's Town, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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“Worth visiting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

many of the audio applications did not work properly which is a shame for this beautiful installation

Visited August 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Spent approximately 2 hours at te Iziko Slave Lodge and found the visit totally educational. It really showcases how the slaves from India and Java/ Indonesia travelled half of the world to South Africa back in the 16th/17th century.

As i am from Malaysia, and i understand that there are descendants of the Javanese in Saouth Africa, i find it totally educational and found some of the artifacts all so familiar. Some malay words are also adopted in the Afrikaan language.

The visit is very affordable.

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Intense and informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Again, not a museum in the sense we're used to, with cafe or a shop.
There is a rich display of the slavery market that took place in ancient Cape Town.
And it is all very impressive to be inside the former lodge.
Walking distance to other two Iziko Museums.
And just across the road there is a beautiful cafe/restaurant. Great to stop by and think about you've just seen...

Visited December 2012
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North Yorkshire
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“Lest we forget...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

This is a wonderfully well presented history of the cultural heritage of Cape Town and South Africa. It is a must in my book - take time to experience it, the tableaux as well as film presentations. Do not miss it. Then take a walk through Company Gardens to the Museum.

Visited December 2012
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Aspen, CO
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“Sad reminder of bygone history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Much more information than I had expected about the history of slavery in this area, which started many hundreds of years ago. Spend a few hours and really soak it up, and remember "Roots", if you saw that miniseries or read the book.

Visited November 2012
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