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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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+27 21 467 7229
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"slave trade"
in 38 reviews
"the dutch east india company"
in 8 reviews
"hiv aids"
in 5 reviews
"important museum"
in 5 reviews
"temporary exhibits"
in 4 reviews
"nice museum"
in 5 reviews
"company gardens"
in 10 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 14 reviews
"sad history"
in 3 reviews
"apartheid years"
in 3 reviews
"great insight"
in 4 reviews
"on display"
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"walking tour"
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"slaves"
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"exhibition"
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"information"
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"film"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Very little on slavery, supplemented by many other exhibits that have to do with exploitation, and some history, but disappointing.

Thank inCY10
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It is really hard to believe that slavery on this scale actually existed. The accounts of life in the Slave Lodge are truly humbling. The interior is mostly set out as a museum, so don't be expecting to see any ghastly rooms of gloom! The...More

Thank Newz888
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There was an exhibition with interviews with some of the former slaves or their offspring. I learned a lot of new information such as why a lot of South Africans have last names that are names of months. It took me about an hour to...More

Thank Jihene80
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Cape Colony was built on the backs of slaves and the Slave Lodge was where Dutch East India Company used to lock up the slaves who worked in the Company Gardens. Today it is a national monument and museum documenting the history of slavery...More

Thank DeltaZ930
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always wanted to go here to learn more of the slave history of the city. I was very moved by the experience. Cant believe how something like slavery could ever take place. Greed and the lack of compassion! damn!

Thank danievantonder
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this museum. It explored slavery and racial inequality from a number of different perspectives. I really enjoyed the section on the role of music in the anti-apertheid struggle. Really good exhibitions on gender identity too. It's all quite understated but well worth a...More

Thank JohnnyHBristol
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

Back in time, with plenty of info about the former slavery and VOC era. The walk through the building is a bit 'uncontrolled' and was a bit noisy due to the many schoolkids walking around. Lack of personnel in the museum to give you a...More

Thank Zwaga
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

Probably they restored and painted this building. It was closed, there is a massive statue on the left side of the building. I wonder is it a museum or a performing art center

Thank 4historyandculture
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Reviewed 5 June 2018

For a major city, this museum is awful! I totally agree with many other reviews. The displays were very disjointed. The lighting was awful, if it even went on, lack of signage, no idea what I was looking at or why it was related to...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2018

A shamed part of the county's history, but make no doubt a truly poignant one. See and learn the past mistakes of the city so many find so beautiful. And why.

Thank deonredman
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