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District Six Museum

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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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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Very moving experience

Definitely gives one a batter understanding of the history of District Six and will take about an hour to go through the museum.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitely gives one a batter understanding of the history of District Six and will take about an hour to go through the museum.

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Thank Lau0529
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The tour is done by people who lived at District Six. The story of the guide was really interesting. You can see a lot of pictures of the District Six. I liked it because of the guide!

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Thank Mischa K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice museum full of artifacts and information about a dark period in Cape Town's history. There were very nice displays and you could even chat with former District 6 members (for a fee).

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Thank Tracy R
Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This little museum is worth a visit. You will come back with a greater knowledge of what it was like living during the apartheid era. The museum is rich with excellent sources. I feel that the layout could have been better- in that, if you could make it obvious which end to start from etc. This would make it more... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We happened upon this museum quite by accident although it was on our to do list. It is housed in a lovely old church. We are particularly interested in history so we enjoyed the exhibition. We declined to get a guide which I later regretted as I overheard one giving her presentation which sounded fascinating as the guides are ex... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The District Six museum is small and slightly old fashioned. The tours are given by old inhabitants of district six which give the museum a unique touch. There is a treasure trove of information available on District Six and its former inhabitants. Worthwhile to go to with (older) kids to give them inside into one of the darker episodes of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A really well thought out and mind provoking exhibition. Easy to find and in my mind the best history lesson in Cape Town

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Thank TheGoodFoodBoy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A museum dedicated to the destruction of a large part of Cape Town back in the last days of Apartheid. The SA Police were tasked with tearing down the District 6 'ghetto' in order to split up the Jewish, Coloured, Black and White communities who were happily living together. The land itself has been left empty and derelict for decades... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is essential Cape Town. Do not leave without going here and to the even more informative Slave Lodge.This museum has considerable number of panels explaining the history of District 6, the displacement and the growth of townships and horrors of apartheid. This is also a beautiful museum that plays tribute to the original diversity of D6 and the strength... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I found this a wonderful opportunity to think about the history of Cape Town as an overseas visitor it was very thought provoking - so well organised

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