The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. Built in 1679, the Slave Lodge boasts many records, not all salubrious! It is the second oldest colonial building in Cape Town, was once the largest slave lodge in the land and is the oldest surviving VOC slave lodge of its kind in the world. The many names of the building over three centuries – Slave Lodge, Government Offices Building, Old Supreme Court, and SA Cultural History Museum – reflect the long and rich history of the building. Until November 2004, the theme of the museum was decorative arts and cultural history of South Africa. From December 2004, the museum exhibits the history of slavery in South Africa.