History buffs and those who are curious about the slave trade and its impact on South African development (specifically the Cape) will really enjoy a visit to the Slave Lodge. The theme of the museum is "from human wrongs to human rights" Among the giant placards and posters, you'll leave one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town with a good understanding of the history of the slave trade, as well as, the human rights violations that continue around the world today.
If you're not in the mood for such a heavy subject, head upstairs to view the other exhibits. The mesmerizing “Labels” installation by Siemon Allen consists of colorful maze of "forgotten" records hung like a shower curtain. (until Dec 31, 2015)
From cooking aprons to high-fashion designs, the isishweshwe fabric is an intrinsic part of South African culture. This exhibit shows how the fabric traveled from Asia and the Middle east, and what it represented at different times in South African history. (until Dec 31, 2016)
The halls were relatively quiet when I visited the Slave Lodge, so I was able to see a lot in a short amount of time. In the event it is tourist season, I would plan on giving this museum at least an hour to walk through. Iziko operates 10 other museums in South Africa, including the planetarium.