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Iziko Slave Lodge

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Address: Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
Phone Number: 021 467 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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So interesting!

We really enjoyed this museum. It really summarised everything we had been learning about the history of Cape Town. Whilst it was interesting it was also very sad reading about... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2016
Charlotte H
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went here expecting a history of slavery but the ground floor is given over to an exhibition about apartheid - interesting but limited in scope. There was no booklet or information about the Lodge. Upstairs it was a museum of South Africa but really disappointing. The building is historic and maybe worth going if you know your South African... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a very important site to visit while in Cape Town. The museum is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. It was built as the slave lodge of the Dutch East India Company. Now the museum has some permanent and temporary exhibits. Audio guide is offered for rental and tour guides are also available.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gave a reasonable account of the history of Cape Town slavery, but could have included much more material. The museum could include many more points of interest, stories, accounts from families. They have the space to put on a better & more informative display. OK as an introduction, especially the film - but even here the sound is not good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

We really enjoyed this museum. It really summarised everything we had been learning about the history of Cape Town. Whilst it was interesting it was also very sad reading about the treatment of the slaves.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

This is a must see in Cape Town, it'll take you only a couple of hours. You'll soon realized about what has happened in South Africa with slave in a not too distant past.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

This is a very interesting and important site in Cape Town history. There were many informative displays and some innovative ones, too. Unfortunately, if the interactive display wasn't working (frequent), there was no print or visual backup. Given the economic situation of South Africa, it's easy to understand why maintenance is slow. The museum needs to consider some inexpensive print... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

Loved it, amazing lessons of South African history. A must see for those who teach about this topic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

Must visit if you are in Cape Town. It provides a powerful truth of beautiful the city and country we love so much. There is a lot of pain and damage till residing in SA, and the Slave Lodge is a piece of this pain that the world needs to acknowledge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

We liked this museum even more than the very important District 6 Museum as it was most informative and explained much about the Dutch East India Company, the slave trade and those that were enslaved, the work lives of slaves. Exhibits and videos were very well done. Also of special interest was the section on the anti-apartheid newspapers and journalists... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

South Africa has a long and completed history. This is just a small part of the story and journey this community is on. The part of Europeans is something we should know more about. Understanding where we've come from and the place slavery still has in our modern world is essential if we are to continue to build better societies.

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