Things To Do in Simons TownSimon's Town Heritage Museum
Where? Amlay House, King George's Way, Simon's Town, False Bay, Western Cape
When? Tuesday to Friday from 11h00 to 16h00.
Saturday from 11h00 to 13h00.
Sunday and Public Holidays by appointment.
How? Call +27 (0)21 786-2302
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
A visit to the Heritage Museum in Simonís Town will give you an understanding of the rich Cape Malay cultural influence and history of the region. From 1743 there was an influx of people of Dutch Batavian descent into area due to Simonís Town becoming an anchorage for the Dutch East India Company.
The museum is housed in the Amlay house which was the origin home of the Amlay family, who were forcibly removed in 1975 after Simonís Town was declared a whites-only area under apartheid law. More than 7000 people from the region were removed from their homes following the Group Areas Act during the aparthied era. After the advent of democracy, the Amlay family returned to Simonís Town, and family member Zainab Davidson established the museum and curates its exhibitions today.
Visitors can expect to learn more about the early residents of Simonís Town and Cape Malay heritage and the intricacies of Muslim culture. Ceremonial artefacts, photographs and displays give you an insight into their religion and traditions. If you are interested there are also several walking tours on offer from the museum.