Contact details

  • Corner Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town
  • Open from Monday to Saturday from 09h00 to 17h00
  • Closed on Sundays, Workers' Day and Christmas Day
  • Tel: +27 (0)21 467 7229
  • Fax: +27 (0)21 460 8238
  • Adults R30
  • 6-18 years R15
  • SA Students and pensioners R15
  • Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) R75
  • Under 5’s enter for free

Current Exhibitions

Permanent Exhibitions

Slave Lodge

The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. The many names of the building over three centuries – Slave Lodge, Government Offices Building, Old Supreme Court, and SA Cultural History Museum – reflect the long and rich history of the building.

In 1998 this museum was renamed the Slave Lodge. Under the umbrella theme, ‘From human wrongs to human rights, exhibitions on the lower level of this museum explore the long history of slavery in South Africa. Through our changing, temporary exhibitions we address issues around and raise awareness of human rights.

The upper level galleries as well as other spaces in the museum will be renewed in the coming years.

An audio-guided tour can be rented at a nominal fee. This guide takes you on a historical journey through the Slave Lodge and gives you insight into the dismal living conditions.

School groups can book lessons with one of our educators. For more information about school visits see the Education and Public Programmes section of this website.

Unfortunately, the museum does not have a shop. Visitors are however able to purchase an informative brochure entitled “Slaves at the Cape: Oppression, Life and Legacy”. The brochure provides visitors with an overview of the history of slavery at the Cape. Visiting exhibitions are sometimes accompanied by publications which can be purchased at the reception desk.

Exhibition Space

The upper galleries of the Iziko Slave Lodge are open to the public. The majority of these exhibitions are older displays which showcase some highlights from our ceramics, silverware and Egyptology collections to name a few. These exhibitions do not focus on the history of the slavery in South Africa.

A selection of ceramics from various parts of the world can be enjoyed in the ceramics gallery. South African wares on show include Ceramic Studio and Linn Ware objects made at Olifantsfontein during the first half of the 20th century, as well as contemporary works.

The silver gallery shows a range of domestic and commemorative objects of Cape, English, Malaysian and Russian origin. The Mullne Collection of Cape silver, on loan from DITSONG Museums in Pretoria, is also on show.

In the coming years we wish to transform these galleries to draw links to national heritage and history.


Paul Tichmann
Tel: +27 (0)21 467 7215

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