The South African Jewish Museum is located at the site of the country’s oldest synagogue in the Company’s Garden. The museum traces the origins of Jewry in South Africa and looks at the cultural history of Jewish life through interactive displays and artefacts. There is also a fantastic collection of Netsuke (Japanese miniature art) on display.
*Visitors need to present an ID or passport to enter
88 Hatfield St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, +27 21 465 1546
The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town and was used to house the slaves of the Dutch East India Company between 1679 and 1811. After 1811, the building was modified and served as various government offices until 1960 when it was re-opened as a museum. Today the Slave Lodge explores the history of slavery in South Africa, as well as human rights issues, through permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Corner of Wale and Adderley Street, Cape Town, +27 21 467 7215
The Groot Constantia Manor House is situated on the historic Groot Constantia Wine Estate, the country’s oldest wine farm. The Cape Dutch homestead is decorated as the home of a wealthy farm owner from colonial times, featuring a collection of antique furniture, paintings, ceramics and copperware. A few meters away at the Orientation Center, you can find an exhibition of artefacts and old photographs of the estate.
Het Posthuys is regarded as the second oldest building in Cape Town after the Castle, and is found along the False Bay coast in the suburb of Muizenberg. It was originally used as a military watch post to guard against enemy ships entering False Bay, but also served as a toll-house to collect tax from local farmers. Today the museum features a diorama, early photographs of the area, and material on the Battle Of Muizenberg.
*The museum is open intermittently, so be sure to call ahead before you go.
Main Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, +27 21 788 7972
The Josephine Mill is set in a tranquil spot along the banks of the Liesbeek River, a few meters from the Newlands Rugby Stadium. The mill, which dates back to 1819, once provided stone ground flour to the Cape colony until it fell into disrepair in the 1930s. During the 1980s, the mill was restored to its former glory and is now fully functional, producing ground flour which it sells from a shop along with freshly-baked bread on-site. The museum displays a range of recovered artefacts and offers insight into the stone milling process. After touring the museum, visitors can enjoy lunch at The Toad & Josephine Restaurant on site.
13 Boundary Rd, Newlands, Cape Town, +27 (0)83 299 6873
The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building and military fort in South Africa, dating back to 1679. Today the Castle exhibits an array of military artefacts, colonial furniture, art and exhibitions with special significance to the early Cape. Visitors are able to explore the Castle grounds and see the Changing of the Guard at 12pm every day.
Darling St & Buitenkant St, Foreshore, Cape Town, +27 21 787 1260