Neighbourhoods – Bo-Kaap
The Bo-Kaap Museum is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in the history and culture of Cape Town. The museum is in the heart of Bo-Kaap, a historic neighbourhood famous for its brightly coloured flat-roofed houses, cobbled streets, and rich cultural heritage.
The museum, housed in one of the oldest and most well-preserved houses in the neighbourhood, dates to the 1760s. The museum offers visitors a glimpse into the lives and traditions of the Bo-Kaap community, which has a unique blend of Cape Malay, African, and European cultures.
What to expect
The museum offers well-curated exhibits and collections which provide a wealth of information about the community’s history and traditions. The exhibits include historical documents, photographs, artefacts, and interactive displays. Exhibits include the kitchen, the traditional Bo-Kaap bedroom, traditional clothing, musical instruments, and religious artefacts.
Guided tours, led by knowledgeable and friendly guides, provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the history and culture of the Bo-Kaap community. The tours are available in several languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Dutch. Booking in advance is essential.
How to get to the Bo-Kaap Museum
Located in the heart of Bo-Kaap, the Bo-Kaap Museum is easily accessible by private or public transport. If you’re driving, there are several parking options available near the museum. If you’re taking a bus or a minibus taxi, hop off at the closest stop to the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood. The museum is located at 71 Wale Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
What you need to know before you visit
If you’re planning to visit the Bo-Kaap Museum, here are some tips that can help you make the most of your visit:
– Wear comfortable shoes. The museum has several stairs and uneven surfaces.
– Bring a camera. There are several photo opportunities in the museum and the surrounding neighbourhood.
– Be respectful of the Bo-Kaap community’s culture and traditions and avoid being loud or disruptive.
The museum is open from Monday to Saturday, between 9am to 5pm, and is closed on Sundays, Christmas Day, and Workers’ Day.
The entry fees are as follows:
Children aged 5 to 18: R60
Pensioners and students: R60
These are the fees when you present valid SA ID/ SADC identification
Children aged 5 to 18: R20
South African pensioners and students (with valid cards): R20 / free entry on Fridays
School groups: R15
Free entry on commemorative days.
Call +27(0)21 481 3938 or visit www.iziko.org.za/museums/bo-kaap-museum/