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Chavonnes Battery Museum

Chavonnes Battery Museum

Chavonnes Battery Museum

Chavonnes Battery Museum (Clock Tower, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town) — Visit the Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clock Tower V&A and step back into Cape Town of 280 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 BOE/Nedbank in 1999.

 

At the Museum, you go right into the depths of the BOE/Nedbank building at the Clock Tower and see how the battery was built. Experience the ancient walls still there after almost three centuries, built of Table Mountain rock and granite (cemented with a mixture made by burning sea-shells on Robben Island). Touch the cannons and see the different types of cannon balls and uniforms that existed over 200 years ago. 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. Admission: R25 (adult), R10 (children). Hours: 9 am – 4 pm (Wednesday – Sunday).