Iziko Bo Kaap Museum
Iziko Bo Kaap Museum
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The Bo-Kaap Museum, situated in the historic area that became home to many Muslims and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery, showcases local Islamic culture and heritage.
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Stuart
New Delhi, India9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Small but good. Former home of Jan DE Waal with one of his huurhuisjes. The part about Cape Malay life was very interssting..
Written 11 October 2023
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Wombling_Free_7548
Bristol, UK2,079 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very small museum with very little information about the area. Only took 10 minutes to walk round. Did get to use the toilet though.
Written 6 October 2023
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This museum takes 30-60 minutes at most, depending on how much you want to read into the information provided. It provides a backdrop to life in the district in prior times. Restrooms are clean and in the back. Entry fee is minimal and cash only (bring small bills).

Street parking exists but not really.
Written 12 December 2022
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Colwynveggie
Oswestry47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
Fantastic staff explain about the district and its history. The staff made the story come alive, and talked us through the exhibits. They were very knowledgeable and took time to answer our nany questions. Its well worth a visit.
Written 10 December 2022
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,972 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
In stark contrast to the community run museum in District Six, this government museum is small and not very informative. Still one can get some idea about how the Effendi family lived, before they were evicted to make room for this museum.

Effendi was an Islamic scholar sent by the Turkish Sultan during the 19th century to Cape Town. He translated the Quran from Arabic into Afrikaans and played a prominent role in bringing Muslims from different backgrounds among them Malays together. During the 1960s the Bo-Kaap area was ethnically cleansed by the Apartheid government. Only people of Malay origin were allowed to stay.

Video presentation was not working during my visit today.
Written 19 November 2021
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Claudia B
Cape Town, South Africa11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Best place to visit in Cape Town. Malay quarter with a coloured houses is one of the best attractions in Cape Town. Don’t miss your chance to make a bright picture in your portfolio.
Written 11 May 2021
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Vernon W
Cape Town, South Africa4,588 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
….When in Cape Town this is an absolute Must visit place! It's so beautiful filled with bright colours making and giving the impression of joy and happiness! The Locals have joined hands with Tourism S.A. and opened their home to locals and as well the many thousands of tourist passing through Cape Town where they can have first hand experience of the life-style of the Malay People! There are some shops in the area selling all that is also related the kinds of food and delicatessens enjoyed by the locals! Some homes have been turned into home run restaurants offering the best Malay spic-ii dishes! Some homes are even open to the public just to brows through! There are some museums which displays much relating to the history of this area and the important's played in the history of Cape Town! There are companies that offer guided tours or just be brave and stroll through the streets of the Bo-Kaap! It's Awesome! Awesome! It is said that picture speaks a thousand word to witness then it a must the incredible Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum that so beautiful-lii displays black & white photos that jump out at you of the history of the peoples that occupied this area since the early 1950's and even before. So impressive and informative-lii educational…….We recommend it high-lii…..NB! They have a Covid-19 Safety Policy in Place, Hand Sanitising, No Mask No Entree, Temperature is taken and Social Distancing is observed and the floor is clear-lii marked. And only a few visitors are allowed at a time and when they leave the place is Sanitised. South African pensioners qualify for a discount…..
Written 22 December 2020
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Roshni Makhija
United Kingdom17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Beautiful coloursed houses, history and very touristy, i would spend a coffee break, picturesm know the history and head out. We had a day and a half in caeptown and we managed to do these 5 spots, Uber is cheap to go to nearby places and the rest we managed to take athe HOP ON - HOP OFF to boulders beach and the cape of good hope which were good enough.
Written 21 May 2020
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laficabella
montreal166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a little musum in Bo-Kaap, but the video is well worth watching to give you an idea about the Malay population in Capetown. The area is also quite colorful, and gives a unique view of Capetown. It is not far up the hill from the Hilton, so just keep walking up the street and you will see it.
Written 29 February 2020
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M1115
Knysna, South Africa38 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Very dissatisfying, can you please make this more informative. Its not well run at all. A lot of staff though.
Written 7 January 2020
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