District Six Museum
District Six Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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  • Harry
    Bristol, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent memory box of the impact of colonialism in the Western Cape
    The District Six museum was a thought-provoking and moving space, where the memories of dispossessed communities had been collected into the form of a 'memory box'. The exhibits and design uncover the brutal hardship of the Group Areas Act in South Africa, and the impact of colonialism more widely. I would highly recommend you visit this museum.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 23, 2023
  • beachnrun
    69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem
    I recommend doing a quick stop by the property that was District Six prior to going to the museum. It put into perspective the information contained in the museum. It's my understanding that there are tours at the museum that are guided by a former resident. We didn't have time to do that, as we had limited time on the way to the airport, but I did see a group on a tour, and it seemed as though everyone was engaged. The museum was small but packed with information. If we return to Cape Town we will attend a tour. The cost is very inexpensive, and I think this is an underrated gem.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Katherine
    Manchester, United Kingdom522 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical and worth a visit!
    Didn’t really know what to expect, it was worth the visit in my eyes. To read about the history and how people were treated no that long ago really. The personal statements about being displaced really gave a true perspective. It is a little dated in how its set up in the church and could do with some investment.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Charlie S
    Vancouver, Canada18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see to understand the impact of Aparthied.
    A must see museum to understand the gravity of the impact of the displacement ("forced removals" of black people) in Cape Town during the Apartheid. We took the option of a tour which gave us the opportunity to speak with a person displaced in his 20's. This was a very moving experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 23, 2023
  • B Russell
    Calgary, Canada56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see museum
    Museum has an engaging variety of displays to explain what the D6 residents endured under apartheid, the richness of their lives despite harsh economic conditions, and how their lives subsequently unfolded over the years. Displays convey a very personal and communitarian focus. Excellent museum; poignant that it’s in one of the few churches not torn down during the mass relocation of reisdents.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 13, 2023
  • Tita Elvie
    Canada100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit museum
    If you visit Cape Town, you need to visit this museum. It is truly important to know about Apartheid and how it has impacted South Africa. The museum is well done and make sure to arrive at a time where you can take the tour. The tour made the experience significantly better.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2024
  • Deborah V
    Montreal, Canada234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Choose a guide to walk with you
    A must-see in Cape Town. You can either do the tour on your own (ZAR60) or have a guide (ZAR75) who is always a former resident of District Six. In my case, I chose to have a guide who was a lovely Malay lady who lived there until the age of 7, where they all got kicked out with nothing but a suitcase. A very touching and emotional experience.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 31, 2024
  • sethsean
    New York City, New York124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth the time
    There is a lot to read in this museum but it tells a very important story about a community destroyed by apartheid. It was well worth taking the time to read the displays, look at all the photos and the artifacts. You get a real understanding of what happened here.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 16, 2024
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Mohamed R
Cape Town Central, South Africa63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Wow. This place evokes the painful memories of the people of Cape Town. Lots of mementos and artifacts, with text-rich information boards. Space is a bit limited so standing for a long time to read the boards can create congestion. As a local I found the price a bit high- I think there should be different rate for international visitors. Also, the museum should include a brochure that gives a bit of the background to D6. We were a few minutes too late for the tour (which is an additional charge) so did a self-guided tour. Also, the reception should be a bit more welcoming and friendly. Overall a good experience, a reminder of the history of Cape Town and its people.
Written January 22, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,900 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
One of the best parts of our tour of Cape Town, this down-to-earth museum tells the story of this unique community, erased now and scattered. An important part of the history of this city and this land. We have told all of our friends about this place. Lots of personal stories here and artifacts of a time past.
Written April 24, 2020
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SouthOceanDrive
Miami Beach, FL2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We were told there were guided tours so we waited a half a hour to start a tour that we were then told we could not join as we had not paid for it! Too bad they did not impart that information when we paid the entrance fee! . The photos are small and the explanations long in poor lighting in a building with no air conditioning. The room felt run down and in all a very disappointing tour.
There is an awesome coffee shop across the street!
Written December 25, 2022
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Jonno_the_Yachtie
Godalming, UK79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We got more from this than the Robben Island trip. As has been explained its the story of a part of the city which was "ethnically cleansed" by the Apartheid government, with all the personal stories. Unfortunately the presentation is a bit haphazard and random but its definitely worth persevering.
Written March 24, 2020
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SteveK
Los Angeles, CA168 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Visited museum hoping to learn about Apartheid through lens of this neighborhood’s history. Intended audience seems domestic rather than foreign. Assumption is visitor comes academically prepped for deep dive into minutiae. Foreigners don’t come ready for that.

Foreigners need a smoother, easier, linear chronological narrative set against a broader historical context.

Museum feels an amalgamation of different layers added by successive curators. Presentation doesn’t know whether it wants to be historical, emotionally sentimental, or artistic. By conflating the three, museum succeeds at none.

Wikipedia proved a more illuminating and clearer recounting of this subject matter.

VISITED: 3 February 2022; 50 ZAR (foreign adult); credit cards accepted
Written February 3, 2022
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oberon6
middlesex47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Everyone who visits Cape Town should pay a visit to this museum. It is not big but it tells a powerful story of part of the Apartheid regime. It is full of photos and memories of those people who lived in the area, how they felt at losing their homes and community. I wish we had taken a guided tour to Get an even better understanding of what it meant to the people.
Written February 29, 2020
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Rav2304
London, UK311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The sheer history of Cape Town can be relived by visiting this museum. They have many articles, images and other artefacts available to see and read which really show you what happened in District 6 and why it is such a significant area in Cape Town's history. Highly recommended and only need 2 hours max!
Written January 19, 2020
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Waynegreaves
Scunthorpe, UK152 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
It’s hard to give a score on this place. On one hand it is an important event in South Africa’s history to learn about and it is very cheap to enter. However on the other hand, the layout and potential of the place, leaves one feeling an opportunity missed.
Hopefully the museum can build on what they have achieved.
Written March 4, 2020
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beachnrun
69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I recommend doing a quick stop by the property that was District Six prior to going to the museum. It put into perspective the information contained in the museum. It's my understanding that there are tours at the museum that are guided by a former resident. We didn't have time to do that, as we had limited time on the way to the airport, but I did see a group on a tour, and it seemed as though everyone was engaged. The museum was small but packed with information. If we return to Cape Town we will attend a tour. The cost is very inexpensive, and I think this is an underrated gem.
Written September 5, 2023
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ChrisJS51
Sevenoaks, UK483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Tells the story of District Six, where under apartheid the black and coloured residents were thrown out to make way for a new development for whites. Lots of memories and memorabilia of that time. Even now, many people don't want to live there and the building phase is still going on.
Written April 7, 2020
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