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Chavonnes Battery Museum

| Clock Tower, 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, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa
+27 21 416 6230
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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

Reviewed 9 May 2017

Hats off to the bank for restoring this piece of Cape Town history. The walls/foundations of the previous fort are once again visible together with a lot of interpretative material in 3 languages. The museum provides a snapshot of this early period when Cape Town's...More

Thank John V
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Very well run and on two levels. Downstairs you see the actual old waterfront as well as good collection of artifacts, photos and exhibits. Even free sunblock offered at exit

Thank Adrienne M
Reviewed 21 April 2017

The inside of the museum is very interesting and has a lot of information. But the outside of the needs to be cleanedMore

Thank Mike_G6308
ChavonnesMUSEUM, General Manager at Chavonnes Battery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2017

Thank you Mike for taking time to provide a review, we pleased you found the museum interesting and hope you will visit again to see the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 Photo Exhibition which opens 1st May. Although Nedbank and the V&A make every...More

Reviewed 14 April 2017

Really nice museum, full of South Africa's history. All guides are students that explain Cape Town and South Africa's uses and costumes. The tour inside the museum is really interesting, but we suggest the city tour (organize in the morning) that permits to discover inner...More

Thank Matteo Q
ChavonnesMUSEUM, Manager at Chavonnes Battery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2017

Thank you Matteo for the review, we are pleased you agree with the Lonely Planet judges. We hope you also enjoyed the photo exhibitions and will visit again.

Reviewed 18 March 2017

Entry for my wife and I was R50 each because we had a HO-HO ticket. The price is the same for a or senior or student. We spent about 60 minutes at the museum. Note that it opened later than advertised on the day we...More

Thank RossOrpington
ChavonnesMUSEUM, Manager at Chavonnes Battery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2017

Hello Ross, Thank you for taking time to provide a review. Sincere apologies for the delay in opening and any inconvenience caused, having visited cape town you would be aware of the apartheid spacial planning where people of color live far from their place of...More

Reviewed 18 February 2017

In case you thought all evidence of the Waterfront's military history was lost to shopping malls and hotels come here to see what treasures still lies beneath. And before you leave make sure you ask the lady in charge about her personal experience of a...More

Thank johnsU7781JO
Reviewed 15 February 2017

As a tour guide I visited Chavonnes Battery as part or a tour starting at Ysterplaat air force museum and would come here the military people who are supposed to let your take tourists round Fort Wynyard wont let you in because they dont feel...More

Thank davesdrivesandtours
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Other half wanted to visit here as he's a real history buff. Very quiet inside despite being high season with interesting historical information on construction and recent rediscovery of the Battery. Reasonable number of artefacts such as cannon balls to see as well as the...More

Thank Kourian123
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