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Iziko Slave Lodge

Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
+27 21 467 7229
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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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Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
+27 21 467 7229
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Reviewed yesterday

This attraction is an important visit to Cape Town. The primary exhibits deal with slaves during colonial times. The majority of the exhibits are not related to slavery but more contemporary subjects.

Thank Tim R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My kids took a tour of the Slave Lodge with parents. Our tour was excellent, though it might depend on the guide. Ours was Fariq (not sure of spelling) and he was very passionate about South African history and future. He kept us and our...More

Thank MamaAyinde
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Slave Lodge not only presents the story of the slaves in South Africa, which is compelling enough, but also includes fascinating exhibits on other topics, such as (when we were there) a special photography exhibit on HIV/ AIDS, which is rampant in Africa. Very...More

Thank Snarth
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some of the exhibits need a bit of upkeep, but this museum is very innovative and illuminates a very significant part of Cape Town's history.

Thank Tripping2013
Reviewed July 13, 2017

Nice museum that portrays the lives and history of different ethnic groups that were used as slaves in this area. More information needs to be presented from the slave point of view instead of the slave owners. I felt a little misled.

Thank Eartha B
Reviewed July 6, 2017

The museum outlined the historical horrors of slavery and how it shaped Cape Town. You got an overview of the slave trade and how through this horrific practice Cape Town was shaped by other cultures. Gave a glimpse of how people who were traded maintain...More

Thank OurThoughts4
Reviewed June 28, 2017

Very important museum. The expositions approach present several kind of slave. Tell about problems' root and about the actual nowadays slaves. Sad history.

Thank Viviana B
Reviewed June 27, 2017

Delved into the history of the Lodge as a prison and as a forced home for so amy poor souls. Also learnt about the humour of the Artist sculptor who made the lion o docile animal on the door sculpture.

Thank Ramesh B
Reviewed June 2, 2017

This is a nice museum. They do a good job of highlighting the horrors that took place within its walls a few centuries ago.

Thank mikelmower
Reviewed May 31, 2017

I revisited The Slave Lodge after many years living abroad and was both emotionally affected and yet interested to find out more about the history of slavery at the Cape in the 17th and 18th century. The film show was graphic and moving, the photographs...More

Thank Berenice N
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