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Iziko Slave Lodge

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Address: Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
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+27 21 467 7229
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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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Enjoyable, Historical, Good Exhibits

My wife and I visited the Iziko Slave Lodge in April 2017. It is pretty inexpensive and if you go on your own with out a tour guide, you can control your own pace and how long you... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Draper, Utah
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Draper, Utah
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited the Iziko Slave Lodge in April 2017. It is pretty inexpensive and if you go on your own with out a tour guide, you can control your own pace and how long you stay. We spent about 90 minutes there and the exhibits are really neat to look at. The museum gives a lot of... More 

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Goodwood, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Slave lodge has very interesting exhibits, there should be more information on where the slaves came from .

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well presented narrative telling the story of the slaves whose toil and tears made this a successful country. Two terrific, very moving exhibitions, 'Singing Freedom' - the role of music in the struggle against apartheid - and 'Red in the Rainbow' about an extraordinary couple, Fred and Sarah Carneson who were anti apartheid activists. I went for an hour and... More 

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Blantyre, Malawi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have spent 10 days in Cape Town and have seen everything that we wanted to see and decided to come here. The museum is very interesting and has a informative way of telling the history of Slavery and the effect it had on the country. I can't say this would be first on my list of places to come... More 

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Bedford
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent around 1 to 2 hours here. The initial information about slavery was very interesting and informative. There are a lot of other exhibitions in this museum that are nothing to do with slavery and I found that a little disappointing as the whole reason I sought this Slave Lodge out was to find out more information about slavery.... More 

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Maputo, Mozambique
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been in several museums in South Africa and history is always completed. Here it talks mainly about Apartheid and cultural differences and not much about history of building and slaves. I felt that there was much more to say about that theme that wasn't spoken. That's why I felt disappointed. Besides that it has good materials and was... More 

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Thank msgoliveira
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum provides information on the South African Slavery trade which was almost identical to the US slave trade. It used the same ships only a different geography. There was also a special exhibit on Slaves that were named after the month they arrived in Cape Town. There were interviews with descendants of these interviews. There is also a section... More 

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Thank Nancy M
Lystrup, Denmark
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In this old building, one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town the slaves from the far east were housed in very miserable conditions. Thousands of slaves brought to South Africa from Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Madagascar were brought hereto to be used as slaves in Cape Town. The women stayed in the lodge during the day serving as prostitutes.... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is not too big and is also very simple and direct to the subject I would advice you to go for a quick pass anyway it worth a lot to know some true about the slave and apartheid years.

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Martock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 15, 2017

The museum is very well laid out, very interesting its very emotional place take some tissues.the building it self is very interesting

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