- Singing Freedom catalogue launchFrom: March 31, 2016 - 17:30To: March 31, 2016 - 17:30Singing Freedom catalogue launch More info
- From African Earth: Celebrating our African Vessel HeritagePERMANENTFrom African Earth celebrates the artistry, beauty, warmth and texture of vessels made by African ceramics from various regions of the continents - from Egypt in the far north, to... More info
- Slave Origins – Cultural Echoes
OngoingPERMANENTThe range of objects displayed in this exhibition at the Slave Lodge – including puppets, furniture, weapons and fashion objects – reveals in a general sense the rich diversity of cultural... More info
- Remembering Slavery
OngoingPERMANENTThe Iziko Slave Lodge has a number of galleries that explore the history of slavery at the Cape. Built in 1679,mthe original building was used to confine men, women and children transported...... More info
Dating back to 1679, the Slave Lodge is the second oldest building in South Africa and served initially as a lodge for the slaves of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and subsequently as the first post office, library and supreme court. The Museum houses collections of ceramics, toys, silver and textiles as well as artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East and the Far East. Displays on Cape history, Khoisan herders, African money and slavery are on view.
There is a beautiful historic courtyard with a well, offering a shaded cocktail venue in good weather. The atmospheric Lecture Hall is well suited to luncheon meetings, cocktail parties and conferences.
49 Adderley Street, Cape Town
Capacity and configuration
|Lecture Hall||80||50||70||30||17,5m x 8m||4,5m|
|Courtyard||250||250||30m x 25m|
Please note the following:
- No marquees are allowed at any of the Iziko venues
- Conditions apply
- Tariffs on request
- Only email applications will be considered
Open: Monday to Saturday from 10h00 to 17h00
Closed: Sundays, Workers' Day and Christmas Day
Tel: +27 (0)21 467 7229
Fax: +27 (0)21 465 8222
Address: Corner Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town
6-18 years R15
Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children, 6 years & older): R 75
SA students & pensioners (on provision of valid student/pensioner card): R 15
School groups (booked): R 5
School groups (unbooked): R 8
Under 5’s enter for free
*SA students and pensioners enter free on Fridays on provision of valid cards
*ICOM and SAMA members enter free on provision of valid cards
*50% discount for kids accompanying an adult during local school holidays
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About the Museum
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.
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. This includes early Chinese ceramics, such as examples of Tang dynasty (618-907) grave goods, and subtly glazed wares such as Jun, Ding and Celadon. 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 the Northern Flagship Institution in Pretoria, is also on show.
In the coming years we wish to transform these galleries to draw links to national heritage and history.
More about the museum
History of the building