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District Six Museum

15 & 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 466 7200
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Type: History Museums, Museums, Specialty Museums, Historic Sites, Neighborhoods
Owner description: The apartheid nationalist government destroyed District Six in the 1960s. This memorial museum contains maps, photographs and other reminders of this... more » Owner description: The apartheid nationalist government destroyed District Six in the 1960s. This memorial museum contains maps, photographs and other reminders of this old vibrant neighborhood. Site walks and tours in the Museum with ex-resident storytellers are also offered. « less
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wiral
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We had some trouble finding the museum but only because the photograph we had was of the side elevation of the building. It is across the road from the local community police station and on the corner Buitenkant Street and Albertus Street. The museum is small but very interesting and informative. It has a small tea room at the rear... More

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Farmington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

I grew up hearing about apartheid and celebrated its demise in 94 with most of the world. But I didn't know much about the lives of the people who lived in and fought it. This museum and what it commemorates is so important to experience. It's not depressing, but it can be shocking to learn how people can be brave... More

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Plymouth, Michigan
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

For those of us who have only a general understanding of South Africa's apartheid period, here's a succinct way to come to an understanding on a more personal level. Prioir to the era of apartheid, District Six was an area close to downtown Cape Town that was inhabited by a diverse and generally harmonious community of people -- black, colored... More

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Absolutely riveting installations in an old church with community-provided photographs, signage and vast amounts of ephemera from a beautifully mixed up, mixed race neighborhood that sponsored many dance and marching bands as well as providing a wide variety of employment. The oral histories were fascinating and heartbreaking to read as neighbors described watching their beloved houses, apartments and schools torn... More

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Berlin, Germany
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Lots of personal stories and photo footage of apartheid make the visit to the museum well worthwhile. Your choice to let the photos speak for themselves or read the background info or both. Either way very touching documentation of this shocking part of South African history.

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Sydney
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152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

There's nothing slick or professional about this small museum housed in an old church. The entrace fee is 30 rand per person + an extra 15 rand pp if you want to be taken round by a volunteer guide. We were moved and informed by the stories told by our guide Ruth, herself a previous resident of District 6 who... More

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Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I liked the personal story telling about the apartheid and the quarter 66 which existed in cape town. A museum which gets close to your heart!

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Tempe, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The District Six Museum, though a bit unpolished, is well-worth the time and modest entry fee. The collection of photographs and stories were moving and information.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I found this museum to be far to wordy. When we walked in we were met with a friendly chap who'd lived in the area for years but unfortunately his instructions were to simply read around the room in a certain order and he sent us on our way. The exhibits were simply masses of writing with small images. It... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We visited the museum during our hop on hop off sightseeing bus. This was well worth the visit as a person from the UK I don't have much knowledge of apartheid and here in the museum it explains it all to you. The staff member was pleasant and very informative. District 6 is well worth a visit.

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