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The Iziko Slave Lodge is one of Cape Town’s oldest buildings, and has answered to many names over the last three centuries – each name reflecting the long and rich history of this site.

Slave Lodge

The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. It has answered to many names over the last three centuries, namely the Slave Lodge, Government Offices Building, Old Supreme Court, and South African Cultural History Museum. All these names reflect the long and rich history of the building.

In 1998 this museum was renamed the Slave Lodge, and seeks to work 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; and through our changing, temporary exhibitions we address issues focused on human rights awareness. The upper-level galleries, as well as other spaces in the museum, will be renewed in the coming years.

School groups lessons are also offered and can booked 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 amongst others. These exhibitions however do not focus on the history of the slavery in South Africa.

The ceramics gallery offers a selection of ceramics from various parts of the world. This includes early Chinese ceramics from the 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.


Open between 09h00 and 17h00
Monday to Saturday
Closed on Christmas Day and Workers’ Day


Standard Fee

Adults: R60
Children aged 5 to 17: R60
Pensioners and Students: R60

Upon Presentation of Valid SA ID/ SADC Identification

Adults: R40.00
Children aged 5 to 17: R20.00
South African pensioners and students (with valid cards): R20.00 / Free entry on Fridays
School groups: Booked: R15.00; Unbooked: R15.00
Free entry on commemorative days

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (0) 21 467 7229

Corner Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town

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Dear Visitor

Please be advised that all Iziko Museums of South Africa will be closed to the public on Election Day,  Wednesday, 29 May 2024.