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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, Historic Sites, Neighborhoods
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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Cape Town
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This is a nice museum. They have done away with the idea of old style museum displays and I find it very informative. Best would however be to either go there as part of a township tour to get it in perspective. (And the first hand account) If you just go there, start a conversation with one of the people... More

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Stockport
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Visiting the District 6 museum is one of the most moving experiences that I've ever had. So sad to see that a community that lived in harmony, was totally destroyed. And to this day 80% of the land cleared has never been built on due to world outcry at what happened there. However, I feel that perhaps the introduction of... More

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

It's amazing to see the lengths that people would go to just to show disharmony. This place highlights the total destruction of a integrated neighborhood that was totally demolished to reinforce a fallacy...that humans can't live together harmoniously.

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Des Moines, Washington
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13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I should have taken my own advice. The events of District Six are disturbing and sad on so many levels. Although you can self guide through the two floors of exhibits, something is lost in the translation. For a fee, you can be guided through the museum exhibits by someone who lived through the experience and can add detail and... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Very moving in terms of documenting this shameful tale and the personal story told by a very articulate gentleman who lived through it, but needs some revamping to appeal to the younger generation. That audience is critical to not forgetting this pivotal time in the evolution of South Africa and Cape Town from apartheid to the country that accepts refugees... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

WOW just to see how every person has a story and a unique identity, the then and now comparison and contrast , this museum was very moving , not that big so can spend a few minuets to an hour however the entrance fee is rather high for the value for money before going to the Museum , have a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The experience of what happened to District Six is typical of the apartheid regime, and immensely sad. The museum itself though is not very stimulating, lots of static displays and poorly labeled photographs. Hence it really only takes about twenty minutes to absorb what is straightforward to access, and leaves you with the feeling that there was probably so much... More

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Best to read up about it as you make your way to visit an area of Cape Town that was another venue of segregation. It is in a neighborhood, the neighborhood where it happened. Much love and energy has gone into this memorial. It is small but full of guts. Some survivors volunteer there so you can get a first... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The museum tends to talk a lot more about specific families rather than the area. There were also quite a few of the interactive pieces that did not work. As a person that now lives in Zonnebloem I am very interested in the area. I dont think the museum really shed too much light on what we see now as... More

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Lokeren, Belgium
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

small museeum with a lot of pictures, best to have a guide, there is a guide in the museeum, 72 years old and he lived in district six, he was very friendly, tell's e lot (maby to much) but very interresting to lissten to

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