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Robben Island Museum

Robben Island Museum
Area: City Bowl and Surrounds
Suburb: Waterfront
Postal Address: Robben Island Museum, Private Bag, Robben Island, 7400, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)21 409 5100
Fax: +27 (0)21 4111 059
Web Address: www.robben-island.org.za

Robben Island Museum


From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom.



Robben Island Museum operates as a site and living museum. It aims to develop the Island as a national and international heritage and conservation institution. In managing its resources and activities, RIM will strive to maintain the unique and universal symbolism of the Island, nurture creativity and innovation as well as to contribute to the socio-economic development and transformation of the South African society and enrich humanity.



In implementing its vision, RIM focuses on the following core purposes:

  • Maintaining the unique political and universal symbolism and value of RIM.
  • Conserving and managing the natural and cultural resources and heritage of RIM.
  • Promoting RIM as a platform for critical debate and life-long learning.
  • Managing RIM in a manner that promotes economic sustainability and development.



Ferries depart at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm, weather permitting, from Nelson Mandela Gateway, at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

The standard tour to Robben Island is 3.5 hours long, including the two half-hour ferry rides.


Click here to book your tickets online or contact:

Robben Island Museum
Tel +27 (0)21 413 4220/1 (Nelson Mandela Gateway)
Email: infow@robben-island.org.za
Tel +27 (0)21 409 5169 (Robben Island)
Email: infoi@robben-island.org.za

Advance Bookings
Tel +27 (0)21 413 4233 / 37
Fax +27 (0)21 418 3736
Email: rimbookings@robben-island.org.za

The ticket sales office is located at the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

Special Tours

Tel +27 (0)21 411 1037
Email: specialtours@robben-island.org.za






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