Chavonnes Battery Museum

Chavonnes Battery Museum, photo courtesy Craig Wilson.

Chavonnes Battery: Watchdog of Table Bay...
This early Cape Town Historical Visitor Attraction showcases a unique Cultural Tourism journey commencing from the original shoreline which has been buried for 140 years where the ruins of the Chavonnes Battery rest. Built in 1724, the first in a range of VOC coastal defences to deter sea-borne aggressors and named after the Governor, its stable firing platform with 16 large cannons enabled gunners to bring accurate fire to bear on hostile ships from its perch as watchdog of the bay.

Buried treasure...
The Chavonnes Battery was partially demolished and buried in 1860, its stone reused for the Alfred Basin adjacent to the Clock Tower, its new sentinel in SA's oldest working harbour. In 1999, the Chavonnes Battery was re-discovered, excavated and conserved in architectural ingenuity.

Museum / Heritage Site: Time travel to Cape Town 300 years ago...
Visitors are invited to don an 18th Century tricorn hat and step below sea-level for fascinating perspectives of the 17th to 19th Century Cape Town. On the shoreline, it starts at a time of postal stones, shipwrecks and isolation wards, soldiers and slaves, exiles and explorers, locals and settlers, knechts and convicts. Displays show the result of the excavation work, including a magic carpet and a (wishing) well. Detailed models depict the battery in its heyday, a bird’s-eye view of Cape Town and Table Bay and detailed displays about cannonry. Explore the largest selection of muzzle loaded cannons in the country. Witness the loading and firing of a cannon, fire off a shot, enjoy marching drills and flag raising routines. Where memories are made and pictures shared.

Guided Tours: Meander through the history on a walking tour...
Our guides dressed in period costume share stories of the people and events that led to the birth of Cape Town in the museum and The V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour includes points of interest and fascinating historical relics of the early days, such as the rocket lifesaving apparatus, the first power station, the last boom defence vessel and the rat catcher's cottage and those added later as the harbour developed, such as the torture Treadmill, still to be seen, if you let us show you.

Host your special event in this unique setting...
With split levels and outdoor flow, Table Mountain and the V&A your backdrop, this exclusive location has hosted the prestigious Da Vinci The Genius travelling exhibition, cocktail parties, themed events, book and product launches, corporate and government workshops and seminars.

The museum is open 7 Days a week from 9am to 4pm, Entrance is R35 for Adults and R25 for Seniors. Guided Tours of the museum and the V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour are available by pre-booking.

Martin Melck House

Martin Melck House is one of the oldest colonial homes in South Africa named after its first owner. Its history is intimately entwined with that of Cape Town itself.

Museum of Gems & 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.

Buyel'Embo Village

This cultural village aims to remind us of our origin and serves as the reservoir for African knowledge pertaining to nature and traditions, giving us an opportunity to celebrate who we are through music (wonderful sounds from live bands) or from its’ distinct fineness of cuisine, topped up with African (local) arts and crafts.

Braai and Camping

Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting closer to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.

Cape Town Diamond Museum

Diamonds were formed three billion years ago by molecular-changing heat of around 1 300 °C, deep within the Earth’s crust. If you didn’t know that, then you have not been to the Cape Town Diamond Museum.


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