With a focus on righting human wrongs, the Slave Lodge Museum offers a look into to the long history of slavery in South Africa.

Featuring a range of powerful exhibitions, which aim to address issues of slavery that are still happening today around the world, and raise awareness of human rights,The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town, making it a place of historical as well as of socio-political importance.


  • The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town, over three centuries old
  • Umbrella theme, ‘From human wrongs to human rights’
  • Permanent collections looking at Slave Origins, Remembering Slavery, and African Heritage
  • Collections of highlights ceramics, silverware and Egyptology

The Experience:

The Slave Lodge Museum has a number of permanent exhibitions dedicated to the history of slavery in South Africa. In Slave Origins – Cultural Echoes, you can see a range of historic artefacts from furniture, puppets, weapons, and clothing which outlines the rich diversity of cultural backgrounds of the slaves that were transported to the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in the Cape during the 17th and 18th centuries from regions around the Indian Ocean, such as present-day Madagascar, Mozambique, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesian islands such as Sumatra, Java, Bali, and Timor.

Remembering Slavery exhibition has a number of galleries that explore the history of slavery in the Cape. Slave Lodge itself was built in 1679 to confine men, women and children who had been sent over as slaves to the Cape. As a result of the forced immigration of these helpless slaves, South Africa has such a rich and diverse history, culture, and heritage for which we should be grateful.

In the African Earth exhibition, you’re invited to celebrate the artistry, beauty, warmth and texture of African ceramics from Egypt in the far north, to the southernmost parts of Africa.

In the upper galleries of Slave Lodge, you can visit older displays which showcase some highlights from our ceramics, silverware and Egyptology collections. Although these exhibitions do not focus on the history of the slavery in South Africa, they do highlight outstanding South African works made at Olifantsfontein during the first half of the 20th century and others from around the world, such as Chinese ceramics from the Tang dynasty (618-907) grave goods, and subtly glazed wares such as Jun, Ding and Celadon.

The Silver Gallery features the loaned Mullne Collection of Cape silver, as well as a range of domestic and commemorative objects of English, Malaysian and Russian origin.

IMPORTANT: This experience is normally R30 but is included in your SMARTPASS, see the prices for all Passes HERE.

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Monday 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00

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