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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: Historic Sites, History Museums, Neighborhoods, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

If you've an hour or two to spare please go here. It's one of the most heartbreaking but inspiring places I've ever been and I'm so glad I went. The city hop on-hop off yellow route stops nearby so it's easy to get to and the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. District Six is the biggest scar left from... More

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Hartsdale, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This museum explores how a diverse and vibrant community was destroyed during the apartheid era. Displacing people from their homes because of the color of their skin is shocking. The problem with our visit is that an ex-resident gave a speech and focused on 3 people out of 18 in our group so we heard almost nothing. We were able... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

How could a government displace so many people forceably and in such a callous way? This is a question that perhaps will never be fully answered. The museum is very small, but very interesting indeed. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is one of the best museums in Cape Town, well laid out and not too big that it becomes unnameable. Most of the information and displays have come from ex-residents of D6 and this brings a personal touch to this. A must when in Cape Town.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

District Six Museum gives us a fascinating glimpse into what life was like before and after apartheid was legislated, both politically and personally. The information texts are a little time-consuming to read but I thought it was worth the effort.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Lots of interesting photos, but the information texts felt incomplete and not too coherent. The museum simply contains too much stuff and we ended up with little more information about the incidents of district six than what we had when we walked in.

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Los Altos, CA (USA)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The location itself is interesting -- a church that played a role in the anti-apartheid movement. Others have talked about the history of District 6 (racially mixed community that was razed by the South African government in the 1960s) and you will certainly learn a lot about that history here. But the most important thing about this museum is the... More

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Cape Town
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

My family grew up in District Six so visiting the museum, and seeing the history of the area made me quite emotional. The Museum isn't large but it brings the area back to life with lots of photographs and displays on various aspects like music, decor, fashion, cuisine etc. of the time. Even if you're a tourist with no roots... More

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This is a very good museum and a must visit to learn about recent South African history and the apartheid era. A lot of reading and you need lots of time. Visit to learn and appreciate what happened to the black people in South Africa.

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Stony Plain, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Enlightening, hadn't known of this event as we are from another continent. Requires time to do quite a lot of reading.

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