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“A Good Way to Learn about Cape Town's Past” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Iziko Slave Lodge

Iziko Slave Lodge
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Cape Town History Tour
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Owner description: 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.
Alexandria, VA
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“A Good Way to Learn about Cape Town's Past”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

This museum is very well done -- a good film orients visitors to the sordid history of slavery in the Cape and the rest of the museum gives the evidence in a very compelling way. The building itself is very interesting. I recommend this for any visitor to Cape Town to help them understand the history of the Cape Malay community that has given Cape Town such a unique character. There are always other excellent temporary exhibits. We enjoyed the Sue Williamson exhibit for Women's Month.

Visited August 2014
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“Not your traditional slavery museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

This museaum nicely integrates the history of south african slavery, the apartheid struggle and modern diverse south African culture. It is a lot of reading but also has nice artifacts. It takes about one hour to go through

Visited March 2014
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“Great insight and detail on the slavery history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

This was a great place to get insight on the slave history of South Africa. You get to read up on details you never knew or overlooked and imagine and picture what it might have been like back then.

What made this place stand out was that it used to once hold the slaves that worked in Cape Town hence it being called the Slave Lodge.

A must visit for a day to all the musuems. It's on one of the stops of the citysightseeing red bus

Visited March 2014
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“You need to know your history in order not to repeat it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is the oldest surviving slave building in South Africa. If you want to know anything about Apartheid or why the Johannesburg Airport was renamed in 2006 after Oliver Tambo, you need to visit this museum.

Visited May 2014
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“A beautiful piece of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

A unique insight into the past of a country that is still young and finding its feet.

Situated in a gorgeous building in the middle of the CBD, this museum focuses on this slave history of South Africa (and more specifically, Cape Town), this building once held the slaves that worked in Cape Town and for R30 is a must see for anyone interested in the history of this beautiful country.

Visited May 2014
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