Chavonnes Battery Museum

Clock Tower
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Clock Tower Garage
Nedbank Building (Opposite Nelson Mandela gateway to Robben Island)

This 200-year-old coastal fortification (aka the Watchdog of Table Bay) from 1714 was unearthed during the development of the Clock Tower Precinct in the 1990s. Where cannons used to be fired to repel hostile ships, a visitor attraction is now situated that includes a museum, an exhibition space and an events venue. Much of the Chavonnes Battery was demolished in 1860 to help build the Alfred Basin, but the remains (including a well) have been carefully excavated. These help recreate a picture for visitors of what everyday life in Cape Town was like in the last three centuries for the inhabitants of this city. It tells a tale of postal stones, seafarers, shipwrecks, explorers, convicts, slaves, soldiers and the burghers of the Cape. The largest selection of muzzle-loaded cannons in the country can be seen here – visitors can even fire one. The guided Walking Tour points out fascinating historical relics, such as ancient lifesaving apparatus, the torture treadmill, and the rat catcher’s cottage. This intriguing venue can also be hired for parties, functions, launches, exhibitions and conferences.

Tue - Thu: 9 am to 4 pm Fri - Mon: 9 am to 7 pm
+27 86 591 7594


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