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Bo-Kaap Museum

"Who built Cape Town?" exhibit

Bo-Kaap Museum Review

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 Muslim community. He was brought here in the mid-19th century to help quell feuding between Muslim factions and is believed to have written one of the first books in Afrikaans. The house has been furnished to re-create the lifestyle of a typical Malay family in the 19th century. (Since the exhibits aren't labeled, you might do better to visit the museum as part of a guided tour of the Malay quarter.) Look for works by artist Gregoire Boonzaire, who is famous for capturing both the chaos and charm of neighborhoods such as the Bo-Kaap and District Six.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 71 Wale St., Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, 8001 | Map It
  • Phone: 021/481–3939
  • Cost: R10
  • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 10–5
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  • Location: Bo-Kaap

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