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.

Highlights

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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