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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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Cape Town, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

After being to Germany and experiencing memorials and museums put in a way to educate rather than blame I was very disappointed in this museum. Hosted by a man who lived through it he has 80 years of anger that vibrate through the tour. My UK friend came out more confused about Apartheid and segregation after the host just blamed... More

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New York City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Great insight to an action that many foreigners may not know too much about. A lot of great info well presented in a very simple manner. Not flashy, just real info and photos. Easy to walk to from Company Gardens, etc. Not to be missed.

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Boulder, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Despite visiting Cape Town several times, I had never visited the District Six Museum and made a point of finding it on my last morning. Got a little lost, but that's always fun in a city, and the sign outside on the pavement wasn't too obvious, but I'm glad I persevered. As previous reviewers have described, it's in an old... More

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White Rock, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is hard hitting history, however it does give an excellent overview of life of the people of South Africa during the Apartheid. Heartbreaking really. A beautiful city with a resilience is now apparent is some quarters. Very humbling moments during this visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Apartheid is a huge topic to cover in one museum: the Apartheid Museum in Jo'burg, for instance, is great but skims over certain topics and could easily be twice as big. District Six Museum just examines one particular episode of apartheid, namely the forced eviction of residents in District Six in Cape Town from the 1960s to the 1980s. It... More

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Southampton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This small little museum really opened my eyes to the history of South Africa and apartheid. To learn about the events of this area was enlightening and I thought it well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This museum made me feel very humble. Enjoyed learning about the history. If you are interested in history and the affects it has, you must visit district 6 museum.

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delhi india
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

inspite of mixed reviews i visited the museum,it is small just two floors,far too much reading material with absolutely no order.we had a guided tour with noor.the five minutes with noor gave me more information than the entire visit,i bought his book as well. we had booked a guided tour and just got 5minutes with guide.i wish he had explained... More

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Fortaleza, CE
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The museum is devoted to the apartheid and how people suffered. At least this is the motive of the museum. The museum is really a collection of junk. Nothing that can show the horrors of apartheid and the fight against racism. It is just a waste of time and money. If you are in a hurry simply do not go.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

If you have not already visited the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, the District 6 Museum is a must if you are interested in getting a feel for the insanity that was apartheid, particularly how it impacted Cape Town. However, for those of you who have visited the Jo’burg museum, you may be somewhat disappointed by the comparatively small scope of... More

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