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Cape Town Attractions – Culture & Heritage

Culture & Heritage

Gold of Africa Museum

The address 96 Strand Street, Cape Town, is better known as the Gold of Africa Museum, which is dedicated to preserving the ancient art of African goldsmithing while simultaneously inspiring contemporary design.

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Gugulethu

Gugulethu is a colourful combination of vibrant life and a local example of the problems associated with poverty.

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Heart of Cape Town Museum

The Heart of Cape Town Museum honours those who played a major role in one of the greatest moments in medical history – the world’s first heart transplant.

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Heritage Museum

The Heritage Museum in Simon’s Town, at Amlay House.

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Het Posthuys and Rhodes Cottage Museum – Muizenberg

The “historical mile”, set along Muizenberg’s Main Road, includes the Het Posthuys Museum and Rhodes Cottage.

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Historic buildings and architecture in Cape Town

As the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town boasts a number of historical buildings, many of which are still in use today and open to visitors. The city’s architecture is a testament to the many varying influences in South Africa’s unique history.

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Irma Stern Museum

Anyone who knows anything about South African art will be well acquainted with the works of Irma Stern. A prolific Expressionist painter, Stern achieved fame as an artist in South Africa and abroad in the early 20th century through her striking figures, portraits, landscapes, still lifes and ceramics.

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Iziko Museums

The Iziko Museums of Cape Town are an amalgamation of national museums located near the city centre, along what has been dubbed the “Museum Mile”.

Iziko is an isiXhosa word meaning “a hearth” – the traditional centre of the home where families would get together to share oral histories. The Iziko Museums continue in this vein, with 12 museums across three spheres – natural history, social history and arts – coming together to share and celebrate Cape Town’s and South Africa’s heritage.

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Iziko Planetarium

The Iziko Planetarium, housed in the South African Museum building in Cape Town, is one of only two planetaria in South Africa.

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Iziko South African Museum

The Iziko South African Museum, founded in 1825 and situated in the Company’s Garden, takes care of more than 1.5-million items of cultural and scientific significance.

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Josephine Mill

Boundary Road in the suburb of Newlands is where Cape Town’s only surviving water mill can be found.

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Khayelitsha Township Tour

Take a township tour to Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats. See the view from Look-Out Hill, buy crafts and eat at an African restaurant.

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Langa

Get a taste of township life by visiting Langa near Pinelands. Eat, sleep, shop and party in Cape Town’s oldest township.

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Lighthouses of Cape Town

If pharology (the study of lighthouses) brings a twinkle to your eye, there are 10 places along the Cape coast where you’ll find them. The precursors to today’s modern automated lighthouses were large fires set on the water’s edge to warn sailors that they were approaching land. The Egyptians were the first to build lighthouses.

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Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum

The Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum pays tribute to the thousands of migrant labourers who suffered under the apartheid system./>

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Mamre Moravian Mission Station

Mamre was founded in the 16th century when the governor of the Cape, Willem Adriaan van der Stel, established a military and cattle post in the region, to prevent settlers’ cattle being stolen by the local KhoiKhoi.

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Museum of Gems & Jewellery

PRINS & PRINS DIAMONDS MUSEUM OF GEMS AND JEWELLERY

This unique museum project takes visitors on a journey from when diamonds first began to form three billion years ago and their 150 km journey to the surface, following the unique path of South African diamonds from their origin in extinct volcanoes to the deposits along our coastline.  Learn about unique and rare gemstones, and see how jewellery has changed through thousands of years.  The story about South Africa’s mineral wealth is told, not only for diamonds, but also for our Platinum and Gold deposits.

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Parliament Buildings

The historic Houses of Parliament are found at the top of the Company’s Garden in central Cape Town.

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Places of worship

South Africa endorses freedom of religion in its constitution, so mainstream religions are well represented by places of worship throughout the country and Cape Town is no exception.

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Rhodes Memorial

The imposing Rhodes Memorial, which sits at the foot of Devil’s Peak in the Table Mountain National Park, offers visitors spectacular views towards the Hottentots Holland mountains.

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