Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum

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-33.9215, 18.4151


+27 21 481 3938 www.iziko.org.za/museums/bo-kaap-museum


Bo-Kaap was previously known as the Malay Quarter. With its pastel coloured houses, cobbled streets and friendly neighbourhood eateries, it is one of the most photographed areas of the Mother City.

At the heart of this Islamic community you will find the Bo-Kaap Museum. This is a tribute to the Mother City’s rich history and heritage. The museum is an unassuming little building, but its walls speak volumes about the Muslim population of the Cape. Many of them arrived in these parts as slaves and exiles from Indonesia, Malaysia and India.

The museum gives fascinating insights into the heritage of the area. Learn more about the area that was initially named after Jan de Waal, who was at the forefront of development of the area. It’s not surprising then that the area was known as Waalendrop in the 1760s.

The museum itself is situated in the only structure left in the area that was developed by Jan De Waal. It was established in 1978 and is certainly worthy of a visit, followed of course by a traditional Cape Malay bredie at a local restaurant.

It is open from Monday to Saturday from 10pm to 5pm and there is a small admission fee of R10 for adults.

Address: 71 Wale Streets, City Centre