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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Our guide, Noor, was an absolute wonderful person to educate us about the history of District 6. His personal history, understanding and enthusiasm for telling the stories were infectious!

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Oslo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Get a guide! The two of us got our own guide at the museum. She gave us her personal story and both the guide and the two of us har tears in our eyes several times. The most touching moments we had!

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26 reviews 26 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The museum has lots if information. I would recommend 2 to 3 hours to be able to do anything meaningful there. There is a lot of text and photos to go though. There are some items on display as well to break the monotony of the text. Its not a place to go have fun but its very rich on... More 

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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94 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We jumped off the hop on/off bus to visit this museum which is an interesting and humbling experience about the recent history of this country and Cape Town. Thought provoking.

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Trowbridge
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

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

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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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