With the weather wet and wild, you might be stumped with what to do today? Take on the city from inside these incredible indoor archives.

Our country has transitioned through many periods of history, from Apartheid through to COVID-19. The Mother City boasts a number of museums that withhold every memory and moment in time.

Leigh-Ann Londt takes a look at ten historic museums.

Khwa Ttu San Heritage Centre (Darling/Yzerfontein) :

Enter the world of the San, Southern Africa’s first People. This award-winning museum sits comfortably in a fynbos nature reserve. Food, accommodation, and lots more to explore!


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South African Jewish Museum (Gardens, Cape Town):

A museum where a Jewish synagogue, built in 1863, hosts an exhibit on Judaism through the ages, in honour of the culture around the country and worldwide.

The Slave Lodge (corner of Adderley and Wale Street, Cape Town):

An archive of a horrible yet important part of South African history remembers how the country was built by slaves, and how a global slave trade was shared.

Cape Town Holocaust Centre (Hatfield Street, Cape Town):

Experience a dark, historic time tour with audio and visuals of the Holocaust. Many have warned that it is a heartbreaking yet very inspiring tour.


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The Heart of Cape Town Museum (Groote Schuur Hospital, Main Road, Cape Town):

A museum established in honour of Christiaan Barnard and his team, who completed the first human heart transplant on December 3, 1967.

Iziko South African Museum (Gardens, Cape Town):

Home to ancient items, from fossils, to stone-age tools, to dinosaur remains, whale bones and life-size casts of marine creatures.

District Six museum (Buitenkant Street, Cape Town):

This museum exhibits narrated life stories of the residents of District Six.

Robben Island (Table Bay, 11 km away from Cape Town):

First used as a prison for Dutch settlers when they came to the Cape, the island is most famous for our apartheid-era President, Nelson Mandela, who served eighteen years inside.


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Bo-Kaap Museum (Bo-Kaap, Cape Town):

Discover the history of Bo-Kaap and slaves from Malaysia, Indonesia and various African countries inside the structure that was built in 1760.

Castle of Good Hope (corner of Darling and Buitenkant Streets, Cape Town):

Another one of Cape Town’s oldest buildings, completed in 1679. Experience the firing of the famous Signal Cannon at 12 pm, paintings, and art. Spooky stories too, of course.


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