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From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is both a South African National Heritage Site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This triple-story glass museum, designed by renowned the Cape Town architect and urban planner, Lucien le Grange, links the V&A Waterfront with the Robben Island Museum and incorporates the passenger ferry terminal. Also included are various exhibition areas, an auditorium, and museum shop.

The Museum Night programme includes an exhibition of work by Peter Magubane, and a talk about Robben Island.