Slave Lodge is a monument to the thousands of slaves who were housed in this building in the past, as well as all the slaves in the colony. It is located in Cape Towns City Centre at Church Square in Spin Street. It was named in 1998 but prior to that the building which is the second oldest buildings in the land, was known by many other names like Government Offices Building, Old Supreme Court, and SA Cultural History Museum. Slave Lodge is located on the corner of Adderley and Wale streets in Cape Town and is a firm favourite with tourists who visit Cape Town.
Most of the exhibitions do not relate to the Slave theme but are older articles that are still of interest to the public such as:
More focus will be applied to incorporate national heritage and history and the upper area will be renewed
1679 – Slave Lodge was built as a slave lodge for the Dutch East India Company and thousands of slaves and mentally ill people lived there until 1811
1810 – The building was modified to accommodate government offices and later also used for many purposes including the first library and post office, Deeds office, Cape Supreme Court and many more
1960 – The building was restored as a cultural history museum
1966 – Opening of the SA Cultural History Museum
1998 – The museum was renamed the Slave Lodge
Please confirm with museum as the hours can change without prior notification
Monday to Saturday, 10h00 – 17h00
Closed, Sundays, Workers Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day
Please consult their website under Contact Details.
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