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About Chavonnes Battery Museum

Visit the Chavonnes Battery Museum and step back into Cape Town of 300 years ago. When completed in 1726, there was no Waterfront, no Clock Tower and no Alfred Basin.

Watchdog at Cape Town’s front door for almost 150 years, the Chavonnes Battery was built over when the Alfred Basin was constructed. Like buried treasure, it was uncovered again and turned into a museum by the Nedbank / BOE, in 1999.

At the Museum you go right into the depths of the Nedbank / BOE building and see how the battery looked when it was built. Experience the ancient walls of Table Mountain rock and granite, cemented with a mixture made by burning sea-shells on Robben Island, still there after almost three centuries.

Touch the cannons and see the different types of cannon balls and uniforms. Wear an 18th Century Tricorne hat and experience how people dressed at this bustling halfway stop between Europe and the East. See how its soldiers loaded and fired the cannons that made it so terrifying to the hostile ships on the lucrative Spice and Slave route.

From the ramparts outside, see the smoke from Cape Town’s noon-gun firing on the hill behind. On special occasions we also fire our cannons. Have a photo taken of you with a muzzle-loaded cannon wearing an 18th Century Tricorne hat. Historic Walking Tours conducted daily.

Need to Know

WhereClock Tower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape

WhenMonday to Sunday from 09h00 to 16h00.

How muchPrices on request.

Telephone+27 (0)21 416-6230

OvernightThe closest town is V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town

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