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“Eye-opening” 5 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.
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“Eye-opening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

This is an excellent venue to learn about the impact of Apartheid on the African people. Allow at least 2 hours. We only had one hour there as part of our organized tour and I would have liked to spend more time reading information and studying the exhibits.

Visited February 2013
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“Best CT museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

This place has the saddest and some of the most beautiful South African stories, at the same time. Very organized and a lot to see... they also have a nice little book store and a lovely cafe.

Visited August 2012
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“Disappointing Museum”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We had saved this almost for the last thing we did in Capetown and had been very much looking forward to it. We found the displays to be hard to follow, repetitive and not particularly well set up. We had earlier visited a special exhibit at the Capetown Jewish Museum which included a history of jewish life in District Six which we found much more informative and interesting in terms of how it was laid out and the multitude of ways in which the material was presented.

Visited February 2013
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“Interesting and informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We found the museum very interesting and good value. We would have liked a little more information up front on the specific issue being addressed as it was only after having spent quite a bit of time in there that we really picked up the threads of the story. But it really challenged our view of the issues and how close they were to current day issues faced by the South African population.

Visited February 2013
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“There are two sides to every story”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

This little collection of artefacts and memories serve to remind people, indeed shock people, into realising how a powerful ruling party can dismiss humanitarian reality at will. 6 was a real community, real houses, businesses, streets and families. Gang mentality existed but the demolition of all of this does seem extreme, although not unique, look at Zimbabwe?
It is an worthwhile place to visit but there are many around who will bend your ear forever on the District 6 . Yes, it was unjust but we need to move on.

Visited February 2013
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