One of the oldest buildings in Cape Town, this property has served as a Government Office building, the Supreme Court, and the SA Cultural History Museum before becoming a museum dedicated to exposing its original purpose – the central slave lodge of Cape Town.
An audio-guided tour, which can be rented at a nominal fee, takes visitors on a historical journey through the Slave Lodge and provides insight into the history of the slave trade in the Cape and the living conditions of the building’s former inhabitants.
The upper galleries of the Iziko Slave Lodge are open to the public with various permanent and changing exhibitions, the permanent exhibitions on display include ‘Remembering Slavery‘, ‘Slave Origins – Cultural Echoes‘, and ‘From African Earth: Celebrating our African Vessel Heritage‘, as well as a selection of ceramics from various parts of the world, a silverware display showcasing a range of domestic and commemorative objects of Cape, English, Malaysian and Russian origin, and a Egyptology collection.
“This informative and thought provoking museum is a must-see for everyone visiting Cape Town or residing in it because as beautiful as this city is, the people who built it must never be forgotten.” Read Nwabisa Mbana’s review of a visit to the Slave Lodge.
Venue: The Iziko Slave Lodge, cnr of Adderley and Wale St, CBD, Cape Town
Opening times: Mon – Sat 10am to 5pm
Cost: R30 | U18s R15 | SA students & pensioners R15 | U5s free