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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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Worth a visit. Learn about not only about slavery, but also the terrible repression of apartheid on the coloured community.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Worth a visit. Learn about not only about slavery, but also the terrible repression of apartheid on the coloured community.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Would recommend this museum if you want to learn about the development of Cape Town and how it came to have such a mixed population. Very informative about the slave trade. Also has some other displays about Apartheid, really good education tool for kids.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum has many interesting and sobering facts about slavery in Africa. It is worth a visit. But I found the many exhibits disjointed with little cohesion. Each section on its own was interesting, but the connection with slavery was not always clear. In addition, some of the exhibits are not complete or undergoing renovation. The museum is housed in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The visit to the museum really helped us understand the tragic history of slavery in Cape Town which actually carried to other countries as well. It was heart wrenching and is still a stigma in this country. While I loved Cape Town, segregation of sorts still exists. The Black community deserves more respect and assistance so that they all rise... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Coming from the US, we had a difficult time trying to figure out what to do and see in Cape Town as South Africa does not receive too many US visitors. We came across this museum by chance and wish we had more time to spend walking through. The museum talked about the history of slaves in South Africa and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An excellent museum showing the history of slavery. Very thought provoking and informative. Well worth a visit when in Capetown.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Living in Cape Town for many years, i was unaware of the slave history of Cape Town. This place is low key but really brings home the lives and contribution of slaves in the Cape. I would especially recommend it to anyone living in the Cape but also visitors as the evidence of their contribution is everywhere from the architecture... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

This museum gives a great insight into the slave trade, and use of slaves here in Cape Town in particular. It is well laid out to take you through the history, see who was kidnapped from where to be slaves in which part of the world. Not sensationalised at all, but deeply moving. A great place to visit,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

My favourite museum in cape town. I learnt a lot about the slave trade in Cape Town and its role in the city’s development. Cape Town's and South Africa's story of slavery is very different to that of other slavery societies. Heartbreaking but illuminating, don’t miss out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

A series of excellent and thought provoking exhibits - from the calendar of slavery to the film on the Guardian newspaper - would thoroughly recommend a 2-3 hour visit

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