Bo-Kaap area buildings

The Bo-Kaap Also know as the Malay Quarter, and mainly inhabited by descendants of slaves who were brought to the settlement from India and the East Indies in the early days. Many of the flat-roofed houses date from the 18th century. This area of narrow, cobblestone streets and mosques is notable for a distinctive architectural style. Pastel colours are much in evidence and ornamentation includes painted pillars, iron railing and fluted columns. The Nurul Islam Mosque, established in 1844, is located in the area. The colorful "Coon Carnival" originated in the Bo-Kaap and still takes place every year on the 2nd of January.

The Bo-Kaap Museum

This museum focuses on aspects of Cape Muslim culture. The Bo-Kaap Museum is furnished as a 19th-century Muslim home and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery, showcases local Islamic culture and heritage. The Bo-Kaap itself is well worth a visit. Colorful houses, steep cobbled streets, the muezzin’s calls to prayer, and children traditionally dressed for Madrassa, add to this unique Cape experience.. Closed Sunday, Monday, Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Monday to Saturday, 10:00 - 17:00
Closed Sundays, Workers Day, Christmas Day, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha, 1 & 2 January
Contact The Bo-Kaap Museum
Visiting Address:
71 Wale Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Telephone: +27 (0)21 481 3939
Fax: +27 (0)21 481 3938
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The Bo-Kaap Museum, situated in the historic area that became home to many Muslims