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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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I learned a great deal about apartheid. The displays are well done and clever. If you play a few notes on the piano a previous resident will come and give you the tour. However... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Dana Point, California

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

District Six was a neighbourhood that was happily multicultural that the authorities cleared of people (re-housed) during the apartheid era and then flattened the houses, shops, and everything else. The government has since promised to rebuild on the original site but it still remains a blank space in Cape Town. Just on the border of the area, a small museum... More 

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Dana Point, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I learned a great deal about apartheid. The displays are well done and clever. If you play a few notes on the piano a previous resident will come and give you the tour. However, the displays are self explanatory, but the personal experiences are an excellent addition.

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Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Noor met our group on Sunday to provide us an overview and interesting discussion on the history of District 6 and the museum. He was supposed to leave in time to take his wife to lunch. I sure hope he made it.

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Very informative and well designed museum which does an excellent job of telling the story of the residents of this area and the sad history of the injustices done to them.

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Ogdensburg, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

District 6 was a mixture of Black Africans, Colored (mixed blood), Asians (Indian, Indonesian and Chinese), and Whites of Jewish and Islam faiths. Upon the passage of apartheid laws, these peoples were moved out of the urban areas and resettled in the townships where there was no infrastructure to support a community of this size. This meant lack of electricity,... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

If you are looking for a different kind of museum, this is it. Its not really a interesting museum if you compare it with the “normal kind” they have no museology and everything looks more like a sketchbook of memories. You can look around while talking to an ex resident from district 6 and then things get a lot more... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The District Six Museum is a strong introduction to apartheid for those less familiar with South Africa's history. The museum itself, while educational and interesting, feels a bit small. Definitely not an all day (or even half day) activity so plan on doing more of trying to map out your trip.

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Durban
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

District six museum is located in buitenkant street. For a nominal fee one get get valuable information about the type of community that lived at district six. One could read about people's personal life experiences. A small cafe is located at the premises for snacks soup and beverages. I've visited capetown more like 50 times but never thought about checking... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

lots of information at this Musuem to absorb. Lovely display...text, books, posters, images as well as tours by local residents. A Must Do.

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Address: 15 & 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 466 7200
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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