Robben Island

Robben Island has a rich multi-layered history, shaped by its many different occupants and uses, dating back to about 800 million years.


RIM’s public heritage / education programmes aim to educate and expose people of all ages from all walks of life to elements of South Africa’s rich heritage that is embodied in Robben Island’s multi-layered history. The programmes provide information and experiences of the Island that are more in-depth than the general visitor tour and focuses on inculcating an understanding of and commitment to human rights and development.

School Tours

School Tours programme is aimed at creating an exciting and stimulating learning experience for children and young people who visit the Robben Island Museum. For most school children this is a once in the lifetime experience.

Outreach Programme

In 2010, a new stage play was introduced with more vibrant musical drama and choreography. The play is a perfect piece of edutainment and tells the story of Robben Island from the political imprisonment time to when it became a museum and World Heritage Site.

Robben Island Independant Camps

These are theme driven camps organised by national and international organisations and implemented on Robben Island. The themes and content of the camps must address issues of human rights and development and reflect the spirit of RIM’s Vision and Mission as stipulated in the ICMP. An organisation applies to use the Multi-Purpose Learning Centre (MPLC) facilities and accommodation.

Resource Centre

The Resource Centre provides educational resources and specialised learning spaces for RIM staff, visitors, the African Programme in Museums and Heritage Studies (APMHS) students, visiting scholars, interns, youth and adult groups. It holds a very special collection of books donated by Jack and Ray Simons as well as Emeritus Archbishop Ndungane. It is located on the Island at MPLC (the old Medium B prison)

Nation Building Youth Camps

These camps, based on a culture of human rights and responsibilities, are designed to develop a sense of citizenship in young people. The camps blend practice and theory and offer participants the opportunity to develop leadership skills through their first-hand experiences on the Island and participation in the various activities during the camp.

Adult Groups

This programme provides specially crafted adult heritage education programmes for audiences of diverse learning environments and backgrounds. It is designed to expose adults to heritage knowledge and to assist in the national mandate of providing education and training services for ensuring life-long learning.