Simon's Town museum of Western Cape, a view from the front 1
A museum in South Africa showing the history of Simon's Town — a port town established in 1680 by the Dutch East India Company.
The museum is housed in what used to be 'the residency' for the company's governor in the area and was built in 1777.
Subsequent years saw it used as a hospital, post office, school, customs house, police station, gaol, and magistrate's court — before being turned into a museum in 1982.
Inside are displays on the town's people, past wars and conflicts, paleontology, as well as the history of the building.
Some of the rooms from its past uses have been left intact such as the cells from the magistrate's court.
What to do thereExplore the museum or learn more about Simon's Town history.
Or visit other areas in the town.
Best time to visitAny time of the year.
Location of Simon's town museumIn Simon's town, near the Atlantic shoreline and a few hours south of Cape Town by road.
How to get thereThere is a train station and port nearby, with the nearest airport being further in Cape Town.
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