Robben Island Museum has a range of venues for hire, from the modern Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island facility at the V&A Waterfront, to the historical buildings on the Island. Robben Island Museum is geared to provide full-service, packaged events, which can include:
Robben Island Museum reserves the right to refuse events which are not in line with the Museum mission.
- An inclusive general or specialized tour of the Gateway exhibitions and on Robben Island
- Basic to luxury catering at the Gateway and on the Island
- Robben Island Museum branded stationery
- Transportation (buses, small buses and mini-buses) on the Island
- Cargo freighting to and from the Island on the Blouberg vessel
- Overnight accommodation
The Guest House
Consists of the old Dutch Reformed Church parsonage and the British Commissioner’s Residence, both built before 1900 and restored by the Department of Prisons in the 1960s. The Victorian complex boasts superb views and has an intimate enclosed observation deck on the roof. The conference room can cater for up to 60 delegates. Conference delegates not allocated rooms in the complex can be lodged in ex-warders’ Van der Sandt and Wyntrein houses nearby. Each house has three bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate toilet. Capacity: 60 delegates. Style: Victorian architecture and ambience. Functionality: White boards, flip charts, overhead projectors, laptop presentation connections and technical support.
The John Craig Hall
Situated in the village area and built during the Second World War, this solid, practical hall can accommodate up to 200 delegates. The 1841 house and two other break-away facilities close by can accommodate up to 20 persons each. Functionality: white Boards, flip charts, overhead projectors, laptop presentation connections.
Those interested in holding workshops, conferences and special events on the Island can contact the Events Co-ordinator, Rabia Damon, at + 27 (0)21 409-5182 or fax + 27 (0)21 411-1934, or e-mail:
Nelson Mandela Gateway
The Robben Island experience begins at the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island at the Clock Tower Precinct, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. The Gateway is Robben Island Museum’s “front door”, a mainland symbol of the importance of the Island for South Africa’s young democracy.
- Capacity: A 20-seater
- Style: Modern, comfortable, practical.
- Functionality: Air-conditioned. Overhead projectors, laptop projectors, standard conference equipment.
- Capacity: 120-150 seats, raked.
- Style: warm wood panels – floor, walls and ceiling. Modern design.
- Functionality: Superb acoustics. Several front rows can be removed to create an even larger performance space. DVD/VHS/CD projector and screen, lighting board and sound systems. Laptop presentation connections. Technical support.
For further information on these facilities and their hire, contact Rabia Damon on + 27 (0)21 409 5182 or email: