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Chavonnes Battery Museum

The Chavonnes Battery Museum showcases the Archaeological Ruins of a Dutch East India Company Fort, buried for 140 years, and is also host to a robust schedule of international photographic exhibitions, rich in content, and relevant in terms of contemporary thinking and topics.

Built in 1724, using rock from Table Mountain and cement made of sea shells, guests can step below sea-level, walk among the ribs of this old VOC Fort, and touch the sand of the original shoreline at the Cape of Good Hope. Experience 17th and 18th Century Cape Town with the help of detailed models, exhibits, displays and large information panels.

Join a guided tour of the museum with a local guide or experience the official V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour and discover the history of this landmark destination.

The Chavonnes Battery Museum is wheelchair accessible and offers FREE WIFI.

Operating Hours: 9am-4pm daily (closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)


  • Touch the sand on which settlers first walked when they made their way off their boats
  • The venue is wheelchair accessible and offers free WIFI
  • Official guides of the V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour

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Chavonnes Battery Museum

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