Heritage Museum


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In 1965 Simon's Town was declared a 'whites only' area under the Group Areas Act and saw the forced removal of close to 7,000 'coloured' people from their homes. The Amlay family were the last residents to be evicted from their house, in 1975, and the first to return to it in 1995. Today the Amlay house has become the Heritage Museum, curated by Zainab Davidson née Amlay, who tells the sad story of this turbulent time in Simon's Town's history. The rooms are filled with photos, press clippings and historical artefacts such as handwritten kitaabs (books), bridal and haj attire and cooking utensils, all casting light on the culturally rich heritage of the town's erstwhile Muslim community.

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Heritage Museum details

King George Way,
Simon's Town

Area Cape Town

Telephone 21 786 2302, 72 214 1425

Open 11am-4pm Tue-Fri; 11am-5pm Sun.

Admission R5.