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Rhodes Cottage Museum

The Rhodes Cottage Museum is a tribute to British imperialist 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. Located along Muizenberg’s Main Road and ‘historical mile’, it’s also just a short stroll away from the Het Posthuys Museum, as well as a number of eclectic restaurants and vibrant beachfront.

Het Posthuys, or ‘the post house’ in Dutch, 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. Both museums are run by dedicated, knowledgeable volunteers and entry is by donation.


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

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Rhodes Cottage Museum

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