Noorul Islam Heritage Museum

Noorul Islam Heritage Museum, Simon's Town: Address, Phone Number, Noorul Islam Heritage Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Noorul Islam Heritage Museum

Noorul Islam Heritage Museum
4.5
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Annalien P
Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa306 contributions
I learned a lot
Aug 2017 • Friends
I've been to Simons Town before and never knew about this museum. I visited the toy museum and accidentally ended up at this museum that is in close proximity of the toy museum. I never realised that people were evicted from their homes in the apartheid area in Simons Town. I only knew about District 6. Our guide was most friendly and helpful. She shared so much information with us in the short time that we spent with her. She is super passionate about her families history. The photos and displays are very interesting. I recommend that everyone should visit this museum to understand the history of our beautiful country so much better. Well worth a visit.
Written September 5, 2017
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WeRtheTravelers
Kailua-Kona, HI248 contributions
South African history involves many nationalities.
Jun 2017 • Friends
Travelers to Cape Town area have so many opportunities to learn about history. This museum is more casual in its display of items but is definitely interesting.
Written July 30, 2017
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matspalmquist
New Sweden, ME3 contributions
A visit in the dark history
Feb 2017 • Couples
In this little museum you can get a view of the dark history of Simon's Town, of the cruel apartheid system and its consequences. The owner and guide tells his own history for us and makes us really touched.
Written February 9, 2017
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hu10
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK311 contributions
Amazing museum showcasing the rich culture of the Cape Muslim community
Apr 2015 • Couples
A fantastic museum hidden away a short walk from the car park in the centre of Simon's Town. The museum's name has changed three times in the dozen years I have visited but the site is well worth a tour.

You can only visit the downstairs of this building but each room is packed with the culture of the Muslim community displaced under Apartheid. It is more like a cultural centre than anything else but is great value and very unreconstructed.

We visited as part of a tour by Joline Young (a new tour guide) who has great knowledge on the town's history - so worth visiting as part of her expert guidance.

The property was seized under Apartheid and now returned to the original family. Exhibitions tell the story of Muslim customs (food, weddings, etc.) and the displacement under Apartheid.
Written May 17, 2015
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Brian-Snellgrove
Midsomer Norton, UK1,956 contributions
Family history of marginalised people
Mar 2014 • Couples
This is a converted house, easy to miss. Look for the Toy Museum and its the next road south on the right. Downstairs consists of four rooms with wall to wall accounts and photographs of those of minority faiths who travelled through South Africa as slaves and those who were compulsorily moved from their dwellings without compensation.

This is run by three members of the same family of Islamic origin. I commented to the lady who showed me around that you could spend a week here reading the family histories that have been neatly catalogued in ring binders. School parties frequently attend for educational talks..

It is clear that they believe that history should be kept alive to give those of us from other parts of the world an insight into the suffering of the thousands of slaves and free people who passed through Cape Town, an even more key port than it is now prior to the building of the Suez Canal.

Love of history motives the curators who are not subsidized; they function on a donation basis.
Written March 23, 2014
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