Cape Town and Peninsula

Cape Town has grown as a city in a way that few others in the world have. Take a good look at the street names. Strand and Waterkant streets (meaning "beach" and "waterside," respectively) are now far from the sea. However, when they were named, they were right on the beach. An enormous program of dumping rubble into the ocean extended the city by a good few square miles (thanks to the Dutch obsession with reclaiming land from the sea). Almost all the city on the seaward side of Strand and Waterkant is part of the reclaimed area of the city known as the Foreshore. If you look at old paintings of the city, you will see that originally waves lapped at the very walls of the castle, now more than half a mile from the ocean.

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  • 1. Bo-Kaap Museum

    Bo-Kaap | Museum/Gallery

    Built in the 18th century, this museum was originally the home of Abu Bakr Effendi, a well-known Turkish scholar and prominent leader in the...Read More

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  • 2. Cape Town Holocaust Centre

    Gardens | Museum/Gallery

    The center is both a memorial to the 6 million Jews and other victims who were killed during the Holocaust and an education center whose aim...Read More

  • 3. Chavonne's Cannon Battery Museum

    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Museum/Gallery

    An archeological sight housing the remains of Cape Town's oldest cannon battery, this museum, which opened in 2008, reconstructs the outer...Read More

  • 4. District Six Museum

    Cape Town Central | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the Buitenkant Methodist Church, this museum preserves the memory of one of Cape Town's most vibrant multicultural neighborhoods and...Read More

  • 5. Irma Stern Museum

    Rosebank | Museum/Gallery

    This small but wonderful museum is dedicated to the works and art collection of Irma Stern (1894–1966), one of South Africa's greatest painters...Read More

  • 6. Simon's Town Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The somewhat rustic Simon's Town Museum features historical exhibits of the town, including numerous photographs and memorabilia from former...Read More

  • 7. Slave Lodge

    Cape Town Central | Museum/Gallery

    Built in 1679 by the Dutch East India Company to house slaves, convicts, and lunatics, it also housed the supreme court from 1815 to 1914. The...Read More

  • 8. South African Jewish Museum

    Gardens | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the Old Synagogue—South Africa's first synagogue, built in 1863—this museum lies adjacent to the Cape Town Holocaust Centre and spans...Read More

  • 9. South African Maritime Centre

    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Museum/Gallery

    Inside the Union-Castle House, this museum explains the Cape's long history with the sea. Recently renovated, the center documents the history...Read More

  • 10. South African National Gallery

    Gardens | Museum/Gallery

    This museum houses a good collection of 19th- and 20th-century European art, but its most interesting exhibits are the South African works,...Read More

  • 11. South African Naval Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The naval museum is filled with model ships, old navigational equipment, old South African navy divers' equipment, a few real, life-size boats...Read More

  • 12. Warrior Toy Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Dinky Toys, boats, trains, soldiers, airplanes, some 4,000 model cars, and 500 dolls—what's not to like about this toy museum that is equally...Read More

  • 13. Gold of Africa Museum

    Cape Town Central | Museum/Gallery

    This museum in the historic Martin Melck House chronicles the history and artistry of African gold and houses arguably one of the best collections...Read More

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