About this museum

 

The museum at Robben Island Jetty 1 is housed in the embarkation building for prisoners sent to Robben Island.

This transit building was used by the Robben Island Maximum Security Prison from 1962. Political and commonlaw prisoners, warders, their families and other visitors passed through this site. In the 1970s the zinc and iron building was demolished and the current brick building was erected. The museum tells the story of the prisoners and warders who passed through this site.

What’s on show

 

Reception Room Exhibition:
Pictorial and artefact exhibition on Political Imprisonment on Robben Island and the development of Jetty 1 as the Embarkation point for a prisoner to and from Robben Island.

Prison Warders Exhibition Room:
Pictorial exhibition of the prison authorities and their management of Robben Island as a prison from 1960 until 1996.

Women's Footprint Exhibition:
Exhibition of letters and documents from mothers and wives of former prisoners detailing their experience of visiting their loved ones on the island.

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Secondary Programme


6:00 – 6:30
Introduction to Robben Island Jetty 1

An introduction to the history of the Robben Island Jetty 1 site

9:00 – 9:30
Talks with ex-political prisoners

Conversation with Ex-Political Prisoner Mr Dede Ntsoelongwe, at the Robben Island Jail

7:00 – 7:30
Talks with ex-political prisoners

Conversation with Ex-Political Prisoner Mr Dede Ntsoelongwe, at the Robben Island Jail

8:00 – 7:30
Talks with ex-political prisoners

Conversation with Ex-Political Prisoner Mr Dede Ntsoelongwe, at the Robben Island Jail