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Address: Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
Phone Number: +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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It is easy to ignore the plight of others...but one is starkly reminded of the horror of life as a slave when visiting this building. Is it truly possible to treat one's own... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is easy to ignore the plight of others...but one is starkly reminded of the horror of life as a slave when visiting this building. Is it truly possible to treat one's own kind in such a terrible manner? And although perhaps today it is not quite the same, it seems that slavery still exists in our world...one weeps for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The lodge/museum tells the story of slavery in Cape Colony at the hands of the Dutch and British which is chilling in the extreme. When we were here there was an exhibition on the apartheid years which is just as impactive.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Slave Lodge as part of an organised day tour of Cape Town and it was extremely interesting albeit sad, horrendous and cruel in content. There is a lot to read and take in as you walk around and an interesting film playing on continuous loop. Some other reviewers have expressed levels of disappointment insofar as there wasnt... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very moving and emotional. Plan to spend 1 hour if you'd like to listen to all of the taped video or hear a speaker.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has many rooms and corridors of large posters and some even with short films to watch, so prepare yourself to do lots of reading as you walk through the entire museum. I found the information to be quite eye-opening about the dynamics of how the Dutch conducted the slave trade in South Africa... it is truly a unique... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Before coming here I did not know the Dutch brought slaves to Africa as well as from Africa. Gave me a know insight into the local history

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

This museum is about slavery, yes, but it's more than that. In telling the story of slavery in the area, it actually tells the story of Cape Town and in some way, of South Africa's history. So much of South Africa's complex racial and political present is tied to it's past and you can't understand the now without the then.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

My friend said it would take about 40 minutes but as much as we tried to rush we couldn't finish in that much time and had to skip the cutlery, pottery and weapons section. Asked at the reception and were informed that we could return again before they close at 5PM to spend more time there. Entry was 30 rand... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

We thought it was a museum about slavery but it turns out it is a museum of all sorts of things. There wasn't much cohesion between different rooms and much information was repeated. Many of the displays had such tiny writing that people over the age of 40 would struggle to read it, and being the type of museum it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

A lot of hard work has gone into making this museum worth a visit. We were pleasantly surprised.There is so much history to take in and the displays are unique, artistic and informative.

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