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The Iziko 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.
Between 1679 and 1811, this windowless building was filled to the brim with slaves – many of them women. The ‘lodge’ was also used as a prison, mental asylum and unofficial brothel. It is said that in those days ‘women in the Cape were few, but slaves were plenty.’
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.
Slave Origins – Cultural Echoes
From African Earth: Celebrating our African Vessel Heritage
Unshackled History: The Wreck of the Slave Ship, São José, 1794
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.
Corner Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town 8000
Open Mon to Sat 09h00 to 17h00
Closed Sun, Workers’ Day and Christmas Day
Tel: +27 (0)21 467 7229