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“A must to get the feel of the place.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of District Six Museum

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
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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.
London, United Kingdom
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“A must to get the feel of the place.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Informative both visually and by a video show in the back. I would have liked to have seen more from people who were in mixed marriages / relationships as cannot recall seeing white /black/mixed heritage couples details. Also consider making a room available where the video can be played as sadly distracting when you have young children being taught in the hall.Recommended

Visited January 2013
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“Well worth the visit when in Cape Town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

The musuem shows the history of an area of Cape Town that is now long gone.
District Six is a rather unexciting name for an area where a great diversity of people lived, mainly immigrants that could not afford any better.
However, everyone seemed to have got on well with each other as shown in many photographs taken of the people and houses during the years prior to the relocation of the inhabitants and the entire area being destroyed by the authorities of the day.
There's a large map on the floor in the main hall and the names of the people who lived at each property written in by hand.
There are two floors of exhibits and photos. The musuem is well designed and easily located close to the city centre just around the corner of the town hall.

Visited January 2013
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“A reminder of apartheid and South African history”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

District 6 in Cape Town was once a bustling inner city area of about 60,000 near the city docks, that housed blacks, some mixed race people, Asians and early on, a large Jewish population. However, because of the national law of apartheid, the area was designated for whiles only in 1966, so removal of everyone living there began in 1968. Eventually, almost every house in the district was bulldozed and cleared out. Many of the churches were spared as well as a few homes. After apartheid there has been some construction, but basically, right now, it is a ghost town--a large empty area that is a reminder of apartheid. There are roads through it and some people live there. We went as part of a cultural tour of Cape Town, that included Langha and some shantytowns. It is a significant part of South African history. There is also a District 6 museum in Cape Town and the SA Jewish Museum has a current exhibit on the Jews in Dictrict 6--those who lived there in the first half of the 20th centrury.

Visited January 2013
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“Small but very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

This gives a very good insight into past times that should never have happened. At the shop there you can buy a book about District 6 called Noor's story and Noor runs it and will sign the book for you.

Visited January 2013
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“informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This was a small museum, but full of fascinating information about a very terrible situation in Cape Town when people were removed from their neighborhoods because of color. Well worth the visit!

Visited January 2013
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