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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
+27 21 467 7229
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fascinating exhibition of slavery. The exhibition is housed in the centre of town and is worth a few hours visit if you want to understand Africa and the regions history.

Thank CustomerConsultant
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, I want to mention that this is a former slave lodge. It's sole purpose is not a historical slave museum. There are multiple other exhibits there. The AIDS exhibit is raw. There are a few exhibits that are kind of random but you can...More

Thank Chieka C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really interesting tour and well curated. Liked the touch at the end of showing pictures of the descendants of slaves.

Thank JM0ran
Reviewed 6 December 2017

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 5 December 2017

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 4 December 2017

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 2 December 2017 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 30 November 2017

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 27 November 2017

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 26 November 2017

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
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