Chavonnes Battery Museum

Nedbank Building, Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront
Opposite Nelson Mandela gateway to Robben Island
Cape Town
WC 8001

Chavonnes Battery Museum

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The Chavonnes Battery was the first coastal fortification to protect Table Bay besides the Castle. Built in 1714 and completed in 1726 by the then Governor of the Cape, Maurice Pasque, Marquis de Chavonnes.

The Chavonnes Battery was buried when the Alfred Basin was built in 1860. One hundred and forty years later, when Nedbank/BOE built their new offices, the ruins were discovered and turned into a museum - The Chavonnes Battery Museum is the only museum to showcase the Early History of Cape Town and is located on the original Cape Town shoreline.

Step below sea-level, experience the ambience, wear an 18th century tricorne hat and take photos with the cannons. Staff in period costume, execute drills and marching routines, occasionally firing the cannons. A uniquely entertaining and educational experience for all ages.

The museum is open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm. Guided Tours of the museum and the V&A Historical Walking Tour are available by pre-booking. This distinctive setting is suited to memorable events, adjacent to a state-of-the-art auditorium, Clock Tower Square, V&A Waterfront.

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