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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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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Very moving in terms of documenting this shameful tale and the personal story told by a very articulate gentleman who lived through it, but needs some revamping to appeal to the younger generation. That audience is critical to not forgetting this pivotal time in the evolution of South Africa and Cape Town from apartheid to the country that accepts refugees... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

WOW just to see how every person has a story and a unique identity, the then and now comparison and contrast , this museum was very moving , not that big so can spend a few minuets to an hour however the entrance fee is rather high for the value for money before going to the Museum , have a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
34 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The experience of what happened to District Six is typical of the apartheid regime, and immensely sad. The museum itself though is not very stimulating, lots of static displays and poorly labeled photographs. Hence it really only takes about twenty minutes to absorb what is straightforward to access, and leaves you with the feeling that there was probably so much... More

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Best to read up about it as you make your way to visit an area of Cape Town that was another venue of segregation. It is in a neighborhood, the neighborhood where it happened. Much love and energy has gone into this memorial. It is small but full of guts. Some survivors volunteer there so you can get a first... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The museum tends to talk a lot more about specific families rather than the area. There were also quite a few of the interactive pieces that did not work. As a person that now lives in Zonnebloem I am very interested in the area. I dont think the museum really shed too much light on what we see now as... More

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Lokeren, Belgium
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16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

small museeum with a lot of pictures, best to have a guide, there is a guide in the museeum, 72 years old and he lived in district six, he was very friendly, tell's e lot (maby to much) but very interresting to lissten to

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London, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I was very interested in going and finding out more about such an important issue to me. Bit disappointed. Information overload , no system around just too much stuff. Walked out knowing more which is good but I wanted to know even more. staff satisfactory

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We visited this museum due to weather closure at Robben Island. It was well presented and educational showing an insight into South African history (if a little upsetting at times). Staff were attentive informative and approachable.

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New York City, New York
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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The museum was informative about what the neighborhood was like before it was razed. However, the experience presented didn't overwhelm me.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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55 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

As an African studies minor I have a generally good understanding of African history and I found this museum confusing. It has great artifacts from the area but does not necessarily explain the situation and what happened. However the people who work here are so genuine. They explain things if you ask. They sell great food and tell their stories.

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