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Chavonnes Battery Museum

If you’re a history buff that’s interested in the early beginnings of the Mother City, then look no further than the Chavonnes Battery Museum. This Cape Town museum is a heritage site and offers tours of the battery as well as operating as the official guides of the V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour.

Guests will be transported back to a period of time spanning from the 17th to the 19th century in the Cape. Expert guides trained by historian and author Willem Steenkamp will greet you in full regalia wearing tricorn hats, stockings and all! With detailed models of Cape Town, Table Bay and cannonry, you will be sure to learn a lot concerning the heyday of the battery. You can also witness the loading and firing of a cannon as well as touch the sand of the original shoreline upon which Jan Van Riebeeck walked.

The facility is fully accessible for wheelchairs and prams with a life operating between floors and bathroom facilities available. Models and detailed displays provide a fascinating insight into the social life at the time with large information panels in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa telling some of the story for the hearing impaired. For the visually impaired, a selection of the narrative is also available in audio on the Izi Travel App.


  • Touch the sand on which settlers first walked when they made their way off their boats
  • If you’re feeling brave, you can fire an 18th century muzzle loaded cannon
  • Official guides of the V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour

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Chavonnes Battery Museum

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