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January 17, 2013

Cape Town museums: where to discover South African history

As the oldest city in South Africa, spanning more than three centuries, Cape Town has a rich and diverse history.

Many of the colonial-style buildings in Cape Town, as well as many of the wine farms, date back hundreds of years. As a result of the many layers of the Mother City's history, there are several museums across the city with exhibits ranging from natural to cultural history. Visit one of the city's museums and experience a history lesson you'll never forget.

A blue whale's skeleton hangs in the air at the Iziko South African Museum. Photo courtesy Steve Crane

The theatre inside the Heart of Cape Town Museum where the world's first heart transplant was performed. Photo courtesy trygveberge

The District Six Museum holds the memories of the 60 000 people who were forcibly removed under the Group Areas Act during apartheid. Photo courtesy thomas_sly

A dinosaur skeleton at the South African Museum. Photo courtesy martin_kalfatovic

An old carriage on display at the Groot Constantia wine estate. Photo courtesy kleinz1

The prison on Robben Island was home to Nelson Mandela and many other freedom fighters during apartheid. Photo courtesy Sara&Joachim

The Military Museum at the Castle of Good Hope celebrates the Cape's rich military history. Photo courtesy Xevi V

Learn about the history of slavery in Cape Town at the Iziko Slave Lodge. Photo courtesy mikecogh

Visit hangars full of aviation history at the Air Force Museum, at Air Force Base Ysterplaat. Photo courtesy coda

The Castle of Good Hope is one of the oldest buildings in South Africa, and a working military headquarters. photo courtesy Phil Parsons

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