The Slave Lodge Museum

The Slave Lodge building dates back to 1679, and was the home to slaves imported from the East until 1811. It also served as a British colonial Government Offices building, the Old Supreme Court, and the SA Cultural History Museum. The Labotessa Hotel Suites overlook its beautiful light yellow heritage building across Church Square.

Since 1998 the building has been used as a museum dedicated to the history of slavery in South Africa, under the umbrella theme: ‘From human wrongs to human rights’. Exhibits include ‘Remembering Slavery’ and ‘Slave Origins’.

Exhibits on the upper gallery showcase ceramics, silverware, and Egyptology collections, not linked to the history of slavery in the Cape. The ceramics gallery includes local 20th century ceramics, as well as Chinese ceramics, the latter dating back to 618 – 907. The Silver Gallery shows silverware from the Cape, England, Malaysia and Russia.

The Slave Lodge is open Mondays – Saturdays, from 9h00 – 17h00. Entrance fee R30 for adults and R15 for children 6 – 18 years.


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