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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
Owner description: The apartheid nationalist government destroyed District Six in the...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Neighborhoods, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

A wealth of history about SA's recent past brought to life with incredible facts, displays and stories. A really fascinating couple of hours passed by.

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woodland hills, california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

"...remember with shame...[those] forced...to leave their homes because of the colour of their skins." - Thus reads the plaque outside the District Six Museum which memorializes a somber moment in the history of Apartheid South Africa. This is a museum whose displays remind us of a chapter in the story of man's inhumanity to man. But it is also a... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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56 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This is a very interesting little museum telling the story of one of the most shameful acts of the apartheid regime. The story is brought to life by personal evidence and annecdotes of former residents. The museum itself is essentially in one large room and is laid out in a rather congested and ramshackle way. This is an important subject... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I grew up during the forced removals and have memories exactly like depicted in the exhibits ... Like being in my grandma's home and playing the kids games in the street. It is good to have a knowledgeable guide and not do it by yourself ... There is so much to know about this Museum for that. Hope you get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Really, any visit to the cape area must include a visit to this worrying yet inspiring living museum. Telling the real stories of district six from harmonious families living together to the horror of the apartheid regime splitting up communities and destroying families and homes. And yet it is also inspiring with numerous testiments from previous residents describing the evacuations... More 

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Cape Town's history is rich and District Six Musuem reflects and informs on a part of that history. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Cape Town and South Africa, this museum shines a light on an ugly side but it also discusses the efforts made to remove the ugly mark in Cape Town's history and move toward reconciliation. A truly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

30-45 mins journey takes you to walk thru the history of South Africa and Cape Town, you will love the mother city more after exploring the story that you might not getting from the book.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Either as part of a group you will get a fantastic insight into the history of the people of Cape Town

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Decatur, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

District 6 is a graphic account of apartheid real estate greed & opportunistic thievery. Leaves an impression. Impassioned lectures and photographs make it real.

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washington dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Very interesting museum of articles about the relocation of people and destroying their homes and businesses. We had a very gracious host for are guided tour. Mr. Brown is a survivor of this horrible occurrence. He has finally been able to have compensation and returned to the area where his family was removed. He gave a very detailed and personal... More 

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