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Chavonnes Battery Museum

| Clock Tower Precinct, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
+27 21 416 6230
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Archaeology ruins of an 18th Century VOC fort that has been buried for 140 years. Constructed from Table Mountain rock and cement from burned sea-shells, cabinets with fascinating artifacts found in the Water Well, detailed displays about cannons, models of the battery and the original Cape Town shoreline, the Rocket Lifesaving Apparatus and model ships. Host to international Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 photo exhibition with breathtaking images from the oceans and seas 27 countries in the world. Guides from local communities dressed in period costume offer Walking Tours of the early history of the Cape in the Museum and the official V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour. And for the adventurous, you can fire an original 18th century muzzle loading cannon.
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| Clock Tower Precinct, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
+27 21 416 6230
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was interesting and, as I said, worth visiting. The young woman manning the front desk was almost impossible to hear and didn't seem to be able to communicate well. Another woman showed up and was much more clear (and told us our V&A Tour...More

Thank ACBrown153
ChavonnesMUSEUM, Manager at Chavonnes Battery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear ACBrown153 Thank you for taking time to provide a review, we are pleased you found it worth visiting. We apologize that you had difficulty understanding the lady at reception's English. In the Eastern Cape where Zodumo is from, she was taught English in isiXhosa...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you Mathew for a wonderful tour of the Chavonnes Archaeological site and V&A Waterfront. A very infomative tour with so much history of the Cape during those times....

Thank Bruce I
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hidden among the hotels and shops, this is interesting history, but while the facilities are modern, there is so much more they could do - the battle between the Dutch and English is worth telling in a more tangible way with some diagrams, perhaps some...More

Thank MootHouse
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

I have been to the Waterfront numerous times and was surprised to read about this attraction situated near the Clock Tower. The museum showcases one of the oldest existing defence structures of Cape Town. The new Nedbank building is built ingeniously and responsibly over what...More

Thank Uwe H
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Interesting museum showing what was discovered underground during the building work. Not a huge amount to see although there was a nice art exhibition going on when we visited. Good place for a rainy day.

Thank mattjohnston23
Reviewed 2 September 2017

The museum is located in the V&A Waterfront precinct but despite the shopping areas and restaurants being busy on the day we visited, the museum was practically empty. This is a pity as the battery ruins are interesting, well presented and there are other noteworthy...More

Thank AMG_7_18
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Great stop. Lots of insight into the history of the town. A must see in my opinion. Small but lots of facts and history. A cause to support!!! Lovely lady at reception. Please do visit !

Thank ImraanRSA
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Our guide, Matthew, provided us with an excellent walking tour. We had actually considered just doing the self-guided tour, but there were so many interesting anecdotes and pieces of history that we never would have seen/heard without a guide. Highly recommend the tour for visitors.

Thank Sheri201205
ChavonnesMUSEUM, Manager at Chavonnes Battery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to provide a review, we are pleased you enjoyed the experience and wish you everything of the best for the rest of your journey.

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Chavonnes Battery is a great place to visit to learn about the history of Cape Town in the early days. It's fun for all ages as it almost immerses you completely into that time, because you are literally in the actual battery looking at parts...More

Thank Rogeema K
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This is the remains of a gun battery (U-shaped fort with cannons) that was built on the coast of South Africa in the early 1700s. The sea used to come up to here, but it was filled in in the 1860s to build what has...More

Thank MichelleBigIdeas
ChavonnesMUSEUM, Manager at Chavonnes Battery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

Thank you for the review, unfortunately this is all that remains of the original fort however it is on the only place you can touch the sand of the original Cape Town shoreline that has been buried for 300 years. No where else in Cape...More

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