Robben Island Museum

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Top 1% of attractions in Cape Town
8 / 10

8 expert reviews

“For nearly 400 years the island served as a place of banishment - not just for supposed criminals but also for many other unwanted members of society, including lepers.”

– Time Out

Frommer's
"Aside from the heart-wrenching moment when you see the minuscule cell... much of the island tour can feel a touch formulaic." Full review
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Online booking is advised as tours can sell out far in advance.
Lonely Planet
Top Choice
"This Unesco World Heritage site is preserved as a memorial to those such as Nelson Mandela who spent many years incarcerated here." Full review
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Booking online well in advance is highly recommended as tours can sell out.
Condé Nast Traveler
Editor's Pick
"A bracing ferry trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent much of his 27-year sentence, puts South Africa in its historical context." Full review
Afar Magazine
"Robben Island served as a place of isolation and imprisonment for over four centuries, but today it is a World Heritage Site and museum." Full review
Fodor's
"Made famous by its most illustrious inhabitant, Nelson Mandela... it is finally filling a positive, enlightening, and empowering role in its latest incarnation as a museum." Full review
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Make bookings at least three weeks in advance. Take sunglasses and a hat in summer.
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