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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: History Museums, Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: The apartheid nationalist government destroyed District Six in the 1960s. This memorial museum contains maps, photographs and other reminders of this... more » 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. « less
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London, England, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This museum is definitely worth a few hours of your time! Its mostly just photos and stories so has a very human element.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I made the mistake of visiting this museum without a guide. It was a mistake because it is such a small museum that when a lot of tour guides came over with their groups right after I entered the museum, I was completely distracted and could not focus on anything. So many groups crowding such a small place kills the... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

An easy museum to navigate with well presented facts and good insight into the people that lived in District Six many years ago. My children, aged 10 and 12 years, enjoyed it as well and understood the so-called reasons for the upheaval because of the way it was presented. Having ex-residents available to speak to is great, especially for the... More

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D6Museum, Manager at District Six Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. It's always encouraging to hear about young people who are able to make meaning of the District Six experience through their encounter with the Museum. Thank you! More

namibia
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I love African history so I thoroughly enjoyed spending time in this museum. I love how it is set up and way the streets are drawn on the floor. All of the personal stories, memories. You can easily spend three hours.

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D6Museum, Manager at District Six Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. I am glad that you fall in the 'category' of visitors who enjoy spending more time rather than less, to make sense of a very layered story. Thank you! More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

District 6 Museum is a must to gain some insight into the effects on communities of the apartheid era. The "coloured" community in District 6 (a desirable location) was evicted so that Capetown could be declared "white". The museum is a stop on the "red" tourist bus route and cost (I think) 30 Rand. Two hours spent here will leave... More

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Devon, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

A truly unusual place that is full of atmosphere. Crowds seem to ebb and flow around the walls of photos so just take your time and you will see what you want to eventually. Quite rightly this highlights the lives of the people and families involved in he area, not celebrity figures or politicians who usually get all the attention.... More

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This is a really special museum, it's really more of a large memory bank, holding the images, words, music of a place that is no more. You need to come and see it for yourself to really understand. Please do, it's worth it

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

To have any chance of understanding the modern history of Cape Town and its black/coloured community, this museum has to be ones priority for a visit. The photos show many stories but there are local people on hand to share their lives and their experience with anyone who is interested. An excellent museum and this gave much food for thought...

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MSP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We visited the District Six Museum with a university study group. The museum guide, Joe Schaffers, brought the story of forced relocation to life for us. I will never forget what I learned that day. Thanks, Joe.

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D6Museum, Manager at District Six Museum, responded to this review

I am sure that Joe will be very pleased to know that he was able to provide you with clear insights and a good experience. Thank you for visiting! More

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

Incredible and sad story told in this little gem of a museum. Uniquely told and definitely worth joining a tour led by former residents. Recommend stopping off at the Bo Kaap area right afterwards to get a feel for what District Six might once have been like.

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D6Museum, Manager at District Six Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your appreciative note, Alex. I am glad that you had the opportunity of being guided by first-person testimony of ex-residents. I hope that you will be back! More

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