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District Six Museum

Address: 15 & 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 466 7200
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Neighborhoods, Specialty Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Other, Museums
Owner description: The apartheid nationalist government destroyed District Six in the...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Neighborhoods, Specialty Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Other, Museums
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.
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Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We had a quick 20-minute tour of the District Six Museum when we were on a guided tour that took us out to some of the townships surrounding Cape Town and that was enough to confirm that we had to return for a proper look around. I loved the fact that there was so much information about District Six and... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This museum is small, but holds so much information about the History of District six, and what happened to the people living there. So Interesting!

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I had read a lot about the museum prior to my visit to CT. This museum tells the story about District Six, a neighbourhood in CT with a very interesting story. I recommend talking to Mr. Noor if he is available or buying his book to learn more about what happened in District Six during apartheid. The museum tells the... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This museum is a gem. It treads a fine line between personal testimonies and historical context, and gets it absolutely right. You are faced with the monstrous absurdity of apartheid, but also by the warmth of the community which it tried to destroy.

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Dorset, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Housed in one of the remaining churches from the original District Six, this museum tells the story of the clearance of this vibrant community because of the colour of the skin of those who lived there. And most of it hasn't even been re-developed even now, despite being close to the centre of the city. Perhaps best to go with... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Absolutely recommend a visit to the museum. It tells the story of the social upheaval caused by apartheid with the tearing apart of a vibrant and multi racial community. Definitely gave pause for thought and made quite a profound impact on us. Only wish we could have spent more time there.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

To get a true understanding of the recent history of Cape Town you must visit the District Six Museum. I would suggest planning to be there about 90 min. It helps to open your eyes on what happened vs just reading a few blurbs about it in a pamphlet. Make sure to put it on your list.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The story behind District 6, like many told during the apartheid era is almost unbelievable, but one that is eye opening. It gives further insight into the issues of the country and the city. It's worth taking the time to read as much as you can whilst there.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

A deeply affecting and memorable experience. This museum tells the story of the appalling "community development" initiative brought in by the government, which forced non-white families in the area to move out of their homes and into barren outlying areas known as the Cape Flats. I can't imagine visiting this place without getting a guided tour, as the museum itself... More 

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Stockholm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We visited the District Six Museum last year and were glad that we had taken the time to do so. This museum does an important job of reminding us just how badly we can treat other people but also manages to be inspiring.

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