The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape
Town. The building has answered to many names in the last three
centuries, namely; Slave Lodge, Government Offices Building, Old Supreme
Court, and SA Cultural History Museum. All these names 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 we raise human rights awareness.
The upper level galleries as well as other spaces in the museum will be renewed in the coming years.
The museum also offers an audio-guided tour, which can be
rented at a nominal fee. This guide takes you on a historical journey
through the Slave Lodge and provides insight into the dismal living
conditions during slavery in South Africa.