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Address: 15 25a Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 466 7200
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The apartheid nationalist government destroyed District Six in the 1960s....

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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First hand way to learn about apartheid

A great type of museum, very moving. It is situated in a house or church, not sure, whereas inside the way of living in the old District Six is shown. You can see the different... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great type of museum, very moving. It is situated in a house or church, not sure, whereas inside the way of living in the old District Six is shown. You can see the different professions, the interior of a typical 60es room, but most important, you can speak to people who were living in the District Six by the... More 

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St Albans
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited this historical museum as part of an organised tour of Cape Town and we are so pleased that we did. We had some basic knowledge of how the people and communities and buildings were so sadly and terribly broken up from 1966 but to see and read some of the many artifacts and personal stories made you wonder... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Museum tells the very real human story of the apartheid era destruction of a vibrant community. It was great to talk to staff, including a former resident,evicted from the district and hoping to move back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cape Town is just full of places you really should try to get to, and this is one of them. The displays, beautifully presented, tell the story of District Six, of the people who lived there, their way of life, and what happened to them. It's very moving. Well worth the visit. We wouldn't have missed it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is well worth a visit to learn about South Africa's recent past. There is a lot of information about the clearance of district 6 and the injustices it caused. It is quite a dry display with a lot of reading involved but well worth taking the time to follow it all carefully. It certainly provides food for thought

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The sad and unbelievable history of the 6th district is well-depicted in this church converted into a museum. Worth to visit...not to far from City Hall and the Castle.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was really excited about this museum, but it's more of a wall of information then a well curated museum. You could read a book, and just take a tour through the area, and probably get more out of it. But if you're not going to do that, this is a good option to learn more about what happened there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located on the outskirts of District Six, this place was an interesting place to visit. The history is the forced migration from district 6 is not a well known story. This museum fills in the blanks. Make sure to get a tour guide to add a human dimension to the exhibits.

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Whitby, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would highly recommend that a visit to this museum is a "must-do" for any traveler wanting to take in some historical and cultural insight into South Africa's apartheid past and its effects on countless citizens. Like most museums in South Africa, admission is affordable and I would definitely encourage you to opt for the guided tour where a former... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very moving museum to visit. Reading the memoirs made me sob with sadness that people can be so mean and heartless. The resilience of the people affected was remarkable. Take a tissue and don't ever forget that Apartheid was/is shocking

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