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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Slave Lodge continues the story of man's inhumanity to his fellow man. This is where the slaves were kept until they could be sold in Cape Town. This gives more history, where they came from, the languages, how their lifestyle was. I thought the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The museum is beautifully set up but in order to understand the implication of slavery one needs to take ones time to read the stories.

Thank JeroenvanRoekel
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Reviewed 1 week ago

During my two week stay in Cape Town CBD area from 29/11/17 to 14/12/17 & my accommodation so close to Iziko Slave Lodge & just didn't seem to have the time to call in. From the attraction there's also some other very interesting buildings close-by...More

Thank Stephen N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

slave square was used to assemble slaves, batch them and getting them ready for their onward journey

Thank A Rajan P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had thought that one hour would have been enough for this museum but it definitely wasn't! I found the slave exhibition to be engrossing and very informative. I learnt a lot about the Eastern slave trade which I had not known before. There was...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As the name suggests, this was the building where newly arrived slaves were processed and temporarily housed. Although the building served other purposes over the years, it has been returned to it’s original layout to highlight the horrific practice of taking people from their homes...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Superbly presented historical background of the stages of slavery in and around Cape Town and so much more. This is another museum that should appear in the list of top 10 attractions here!

Thank ebony150
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

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

Thank JM0ran
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