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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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the place is emotionally overwhelming. It's a place where people can understand the horrors of the apartheid years. It's really moving to see the pics and read all the stories... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Bagnone, Italia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

the place is emotionally overwhelming. It's a place where people can understand the horrors of the apartheid years. It's really moving to see the pics and read all the stories. It's worth a visit

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Reigate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This is a museum to show what happened to an inner city area of CT and over 60,000 of its inhabitants were forcibly removed - so sad and so unnecessary for this to have happened. The Museum is in a church near the site and is very poignant. It is so well worth a visit and shows how pointless it... More 

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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The museum is well thought out and gave us an impression of the clearance of District 6. It was made more poinant by the gentleman at the desk having been brought up in District 6. Well worth the visit

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

A small museum, and well worth the visit - very approachable. It is a dark story of a very dark time of man's inhumanity to man. It is poignant and evocative, as promised, and also very moving. It is such valuable information in understanding Cape Town and the Western Cape. To walk afterwards in the still barren lands, now grass... More 

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New Braunfels, TX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Unfortunately I was a bit underwhelmed by the District Six museum. It's a small space and most of the exhibits are text with a few accompanying pictures, mainly family photos. The first floor gives a semi-detailed account of what happened, but it's crowded and difficult to take in when even a small group of people enter at the same time.... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent museum to understand the horrors of the Apartheid era. There are many artefacts but I found the poems on the floor particularly moving in understanding the true impact of this regime. It is well worth a visit.

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Muizenberg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I have been here often with visiting friends. This simple but powerful museum gives a wonderful insight to the impact of the Group Areas Act in Cape Town and the devastating impact of apartheid in the Western Cape. The demographics of the Western Cape is very different from the rest of South Africa. District Six is emblematic of how the... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Interesting place to visit to get background of the history of Cape Town. Political views of guides are a bit annoying.

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Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

District Six was razed during Apartheid and this museum attempts to capture the vibrant and diverse community that was destroyed. There is an old-fashioned, home-grown feeling to the exhibits. There is a map of the old district on the floor and various families have annotated where they lived on this map. This authentic sense of community is palpable. During our... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I was really intrested in the district six historie. i went their alone and didn't take a tourguide. Without a tourguide the museum is a little bit chaotic and you dont really understand the line.. My advise is take a tourguide then it will be a lot more intresting.

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