Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum

The Bo–Kaap Museum is a monument to freed slaves and people of the Muslim faith after the abolition of slavery. They made Bo-Kaap their home painting their houses in a myriad of bright colours. Bo-Kaap is an area (that was also once known as Walendorp) in Schotschekloof at the foot of Signal Hill in Cape Town.

The museum showcases the culture and heritage of the local Islamic people and their culture and consists of a house furnished and decorated in the style of a typical 19th Century Muslim family.

Permanent Exhibition

Mapping Bo-Kaap: History, Memories and Spaces

This exhibition was opened on 14th October 2010 in the community hall of the museum and consists of magnificent contemporary and historical photographs of the area as well as a historical tale compiled from many interviews with the local inhabitants.

Attractions nearby

  • Castle of Good Hope
  • District Six Museum
  • Gold of Africa Museum


  • 1763 to 1768: The house was built between 1763 and 1768 and is a rare example of urban Cape Dutch Architecture from the mid 18th Century.
  • 1970’s: The house was restored.
  • 1978: The Museum was established in 1978 as part of the SA Cultural History Museum but is currently being transformed into a social history museum. Two new displays have been completed to tell the story of the local community in relation to the cultural and socio political environment.
  • 1994: A multipurpose annex was added and is used as a venue that includes a covered courtyard that is used for conferences and gatherings.
  • 2010: The addition of the new historical permanent exhibition.


Mondays to Saturdays,10h00 - 17h00

Closed: Sundays, Workers' Day, Christmas Day, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha and 2 January

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