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Het Posthuys Museum

Situated close to Rhodes Cottage Museum, Het Posthuys is the perfect place to visit on the False Bay coastline if you're looking to learn more about the colonial history of Cape Town.

Het Posthuys, or ‘the post house’ in English, is the oldest standing building on the False Bay coastline, and a must-see stop for anyone interested in South Africa’s colonial history. Built not long after the arrival of Jan van Riebeek, the house served as a lookout post to spot enemy ships entering False Bay. Rhodes Cottage Museum is just up the road.

Located just a stone’s throw from Het Posthuys is the Rhodes Cottage Museum, a tribute to British empire-owner Cecil John Rhodes. The cottage was once Rhodes’ private retreat, and is where he spent his last days. Now, the cottage serves as a museum that commemorates his life, achievements and death. Both museums are run by dedicated, knowledgeable volunteers and entry is by donation.


  • Two South African colonial history museums run by volunteers
  • The oldest standing building on the False Bay Coastline, and the private retreat of Cecil John Rhodes
  • Entry by donation

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