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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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An important piece of history

With a degree in African studies, I was extremely interested in seeing the District Six museum where black and coloured occupants of this area of Cape Town were uprooted from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Really worth visiting, this is only a small Musuem, housed in an old church, but the story it tells is extremely moving. It is very well done through recorded interview, testimonials, photos, newspaper articles etc. a mock up of the living conditions really sets the scene of how black people were forced to moved from their homes, then the area... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

With a degree in African studies, I was extremely interested in seeing the District Six museum where black and coloured occupants of this area of Cape Town were uprooted from their homes and literally dumped into another area, known as the Cape Flats which are now the city's slum/township area. Go back in time by way of photos and testimonials... More 

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Rye, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Urban development policies under apartheid led to destruction of thriving urban areas to the detriment of people of color. This museum is a tribute to those who were displaced and their stories. It is worth a visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I went there with a class group and found it fascinating! The exhibits were great, and I learned a lot. However, it was small which I liked. It was not overwhelming.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The museum is about people and the photos of people are up on the walls. We took a guide who shared her experiences of living in the area and what forced removals did to her family. Having a guide is well worth while. I agree with a previous statement it is not clear where it starts or ends. At the... More 

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Glenside, Pennsylvania, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

It felt like something was missing. Perhaps a short video explaining the history of district six. We weren't even sure where it started and where it ended. Too much reading and not enough artifacts. I hate to rate something like this so low, but it really wasn't worth the effort it took to get there.

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Helmsley, United Kingdom
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157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We started our morning off visiting this museum. Powerful and emotive. The history of District Six is heartbreaking. Spend time here, read about this district and those that lived there. Powerful stuff......

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Stavanger, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

A quite small museum but with a powerful message! During the 70s 60000 inhabitants were forced out of their homes during Apartheid towards their new area, Cape Flats. The coloured people housing that area were looked upon as criminals and not fit for this regime. District Six where then declared a "white only" area. This museum delivers a lot of... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Absolutely recommanded when you want to learn more about the history of the country. We visites the museum as a part of the township Tour what is a good way to do it as the guide first shows the district in the city sonyou have a better understanding of the information you get in the museum.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Excellent displays outline history of the area during Apartheid, specifically the forced relocation of 60,000 people.. Even more powerful are the hand written notes from former inhabitants of District Six.

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