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Iziko Slave Lodge

Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
+27 21 467 7229
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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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Corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an eclectic mix of displays. There are some displays about slavery and also a very large display about living with HIV/AIDS which was interesting, but not expected. Upstairs there are many displays ranging from silver to music history. Worth a look.

Thank Carla K
Reviewed 6 days ago

visited for the second time, the first visit was some 15 years ago. was hoping to see some changes to keep up with technological development over the last 15 years as most museums seem to do to better engage with visitors and enhance the story...More

Thank myworld52
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has some really gripping exhibits when you first walk in. The narrative that is played in one of the exhibits had a voice that seemed to follow me for days. The exploration of the Meermin slave ship can be experienced at this location...More

Thank kendrano
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have time enough to visit only 1 museum, you must visit the Iziko Slave Lodge. Important history to know!

Thank Viviana B
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you do not know much about slaves in South Africa this museum will give most of the history. Great place to spend an hour.

Thank David D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Telling the story/history of any generation of people who became enslaved, is a powerful reminder of Human misery. The story here of the African slaves is a very informal exhibit of life during those times,there are also weapons,clothing,pottery on show,as well as colonial exhibits,The actual...More

Thank mickknap
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is definitely a must-see in Cape Town. The Slavery exhibit is outstanding and very powerful. When I was there there were three other outstanding exhibits. One in entryway was on Cape Town's very interesting and very strange carnival. Another was an art exhibit on...More

Thank HyperboreanTom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our second visit to Iziko Slave Lodge yesterday - the first one was three years ago. Informative and Emotive given the main section of the Museum on the ground floor depicts the history of Slavery in South Africa. The building itself is a very old...More

Thank Ashley A
Reviewed 5 November 2017

We wanted to try and understand something of Cape Town's history, and this is a good p;ace to start. The exhibition is well laid out and logical and the building hosts other short duration exhibits - so check if it's something you want to visit

Thank Elaine S
Reviewed 22 October 2017

This was a very intersting and quite emotional place to visit supposedly on the actual site of the slave market. There are many many exhibits, but the signage is poor and it is only because we were nosey and went in all the rooms and...More

Thank Tpouvtn
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