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Chavonnes Battery Museum

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Address: | Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
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+27 21 416 6230
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09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Marvel at the International Photography Exhibitions rich in content and...

Marvel at the International Photography Exhibitions rich in content and relevant in terms of contemporary thinking and topics, Meander among and over the Archaeology Ruins with exhibits, models, displays and graphic information panels, Do a Tour of the museum with a Guide from local communities dressed in period costume of the uniform of a VOC Soldier, Host to recent events including music soiree's, cocktail parties, "old cape" theme lunches, presentations and workshops, And we fire off authentic 18th Century Muzzle Loaded Cannons! (Under supervision of the Cannon Association of SA) Military Specific Tours available on request: Fort Wynyard (Exclusive access) Battle of Blaauwberg, Coastal Fortifications, The Castle of Good Hope, On you own or in a group, you are welcome!

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V & A Waterfront Historical Guided Walking Tour in Cape Town

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Really nice museum, full of South Africa's history. All guides are students that explain Cape Town and South Africa's uses and costumes. The tour inside the museum is really... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Goodwood, South Africa
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The inside of the museum is very interesting and has a lot of information. But the outside of the needs to be cleaned

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ChavonnesMUSEUM, General Manager at Chavonnes Battery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Mike for taking time to provide a review, we pleased you found the museum interesting and hope you will visit again to see the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 Photo Exhibition which opens 1st May. Although Nedbank and the V&A make every effort to ensure the outside of the building and access is clean, unfortunately when it... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice museum, full of South Africa's history. All guides are students that explain Cape Town and South Africa's uses and costumes. The tour inside the museum is really interesting, but we suggest the city tour (organize in the morning) that permits to discover inner corners of that beautiful city. Lonely Planet guide judges this place as excellent and unique:... More 

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ChavonnesMUSEUM, Manager at Chavonnes Battery Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Matteo for the review, we are pleased you agree with the Lonely Planet judges. We hope you also enjoyed the photo exhibitions and will visit again. More 

Orpington
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374 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Entry for my wife and I was R50 each because we had a HO-HO ticket. The price is the same for a or senior or student. We spent about 60 minutes at the museum. Note that it opened later than advertised on the day we visited so don't depend on it being open at 0900. Wait until 0930 or later.... More 

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ChavonnesMUSEUM, Manager at Chavonnes Battery Museum, responded to this review

Hello Ross, Thank you for taking time to provide a review. Sincere apologies for the delay in opening and any inconvenience caused, having visited cape town you would be aware of the apartheid spacial planning where people of color live far from their place of work. It takes up to 3 hours per trip for staff to get to work... More 

St Albans, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 February 2017

In case you thought all evidence of the Waterfront's military history was lost to shopping malls and hotels come here to see what treasures still lies beneath. And before you leave make sure you ask the lady in charge about her personal experience of a visit to Robben Island before it became a tourist attraction.

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Fish Hoek, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

As a tour guide I visited Chavonnes Battery as part or a tour starting at Ysterplaat air force museum and would come here the military people who are supposed to let your take tourists round Fort Wynyard wont let you in because they dont feel like it. Fascinating work on how the fortifications used to be

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Kent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Other half wanted to visit here as he's a real history buff. Very quiet inside despite being high season with interesting historical information on construction and recent rediscovery of the Battery. Reasonable number of artefacts such as cannon balls to see as well as the sand area where Jan van Riebeeck probably once stood. Lady on reception was very knowledgeable... More 

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Paarl, South Africa
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Very interesting museum with a variety of things to see. Entry even included exhibition of amazing photographs. Loads of cannons also very nice to see. Trying to piece together what the fort used to look like with the help of the diagrams was a very fun experience. Would highly recommend this place to any person interestes in history, weaponry or... More 

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Saint Julian's, Malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

An interesting place to visit which we have been told was discovered by accident when the vast building above was being built. We have visited there although we don't go anymore because the bank above gave us a really hard and difficult experience during a time of need when they could have been helpful and supportive. So we don't visit... More 

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ChavonnesMUSEUM, General Manager at Chavonnes Battery Museum, responded to this review

Hello saswcpr, Thank you for taking time to submit a review, we are sorry to hear you have had a bad experience with some of the staff employed by the company in who's building we are located. We would however like to assure you, the Chavonnes Battery team are committed to providing a world class experience and sincerely hope you... More 

Mauritius
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186 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

An interesting museum about the fortifications of Cape Town and the remains that were preserved by chance. A well presented display and visit when with a guide. Without a guide, the visit is less interesting.

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Seaford, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

If you enjoy history and archaeology, you will definitely enjoy this museum. There is a lot of theater of the mind as you see the exposed areas of the battery and imagine it as it once was. The exhibits are really interesting, and you are up close and in the middle of it so you feel a part of it.... More 

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