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District Six Museum

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Address: 15 & 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 466 7200
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Description: The apartheid nationalist government destroyed District Six in the 1960s...
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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Good narative of South Africa's not so distant past

I visited to learn a little bit more about South Africa's history and it would be helpful to know a bit before you visit the museum. I was not entirely sure what it was about and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Its was great to have a feel of what the black & coloured went through during the dark apartheid days especially the eviction of blacks & coloured people from the home lands. It was heart wrenching.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Attending this museum gave a perspective on how Cape Town evolved and how the people were treated under an oppressive and racist system.

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Riverside, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We had a nice visit to the District Six museum. It really helped bring the story to life. However, it is pretty small (we spent less than half an hour there.) I would recommend doing other things in the area, unless you are really interested in the history of District 6.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A most touching and worthwhile experience. Noor, a former resident, showed us around and told stories of life before the end of apartheid. The displays and stories helped those of us with limited real understanding of apartheid to understand and gain an insight into life styles of blacks, coloureds and whites in Cape Town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This museum is not for the faint hearted. Your guide is someone who has lived the experience and is the history of Cape Town. It is confronting, highly emotive and very very worthwhile. Yes I cried and to this day I think of what we learnt and what some people injured. I'm so glad we visited the museum, it doesn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I am so glad I made this one of my stops during my 2 days in cape town. Knowing only a little about South Africa's recent history, this museum taught me a lot. A lot of reading is required to get a lot out of this museum with huge panels of history covering the walls of this historic building. This... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The history is very upsetting and for me was slightly overwhelming. I felt that a sense of positivity could have been draw from the more progressive part of that community in recent times. very informative but not one for the faint hearted (me)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I visited to learn a little bit more about South Africa's history and it would be helpful to know a bit before you visit the museum. I was not entirely sure what it was about and while there is a lot of information you can read at District Six, I had to struggle a bit to get a clear picture... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

As Solomon said, 'there is nothing new under the sun". You will read the stories and find erie similarities in the displacing of families and communities during Apartheid with the actions and events perpetrated upon identified families, groups and communities leading up to the holocaust. If anyone cares to speak with many of the persons affected then, they will find... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is an excellent museum which gets the message of how apartheid affected people through the story of the clearing of district 6 - a happy multicultural area. The story is told through the eyes of and with the help of previous residents. There is a lovely café inside - do try the district 6 kooksister - delicious )

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