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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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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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Tragic history told by an interesting little museum

District Six has a tragic history that I was unaware of before coming here. But this informative little museum is very well put together. You won't find any state of the art... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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174 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

District Six has a tragic history that I was unaware of before coming here. But this informative little museum is very well put together. You won't find any state of the art interactive exhibits. Instead there are a collection of pictures, possessions and stories of the people who lived it. Just a couple of stops on the HOHO yellow line... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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267 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place reduced us to tears. Very sad but a must see when in Cape Town if only to get Reference as to why you drive past the Cape Flats townships on your way in from the airport. And it all happened so recently. Frightening.

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Thank Ian R
Ballinrobe, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Interesting to get a better understanding of apartheid. History buffs will enjoy. It was amazing the diversity of people who lived there

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Thank John J
Poole, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I enjoyed my visit here to read about the history of the area and the details of some of the things that happened during apartheid. The coffee shop is a must visit!

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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Enjoyed looking at all the photos and information on the history of district six. History of Cape Town going back hundreds of years and notable dates

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Thank Fran F
Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visiting the museum gave us a wonderful view point of what is was like living in district six and being from Cape Town we were able to relate to a few of the items displayed.

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Emu Plains, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A very interesting place. We took our 3 young kids, to help them understand a little about apartheid. Definitely worth a look around.

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Thank andrew v
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We walked past this place and decided to have a look inside. Didn't regret that, as this tells the sad story about District 6 in Cape Town. I was not so familiar with what happened in this specific neighbourhood, but this small museum gives a good insight on what happened. Sad stories, but very interesting to read. There is almost... More 

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Zurich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming to Cape Town and South Africa is a complicated venture. This is a country with a past and of course it needs to be addressed. District Six Museum is one such place. It is well done and an important part of Cape Town's history.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Did not really understand why Cape Town had an area called District Six..but now we know. How badly and shameful the people in this area were treated.The documentation and pictures really bring home the problems the people suffered and made us wonder had those problems really disappeared.... quite heartbreaking.

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