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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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Great place to visit

I recommend the tour guide. It is not too expensive and you will get a personalized feel of what happened there during apartheid.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
DGuerrero2
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Overijse, Belgium
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Overijse, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I recommend the tour guide. It is not too expensive and you will get a personalized feel of what happened there during apartheid.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed going here to learn about the history of District Six but the information is very spread out and a lot to take in. Still very interesting though to learn about all the heartache and hardships these people endured.

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Thank Charlotte H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed being here. It was however a bit small or limited but very special. The price is really worth it. Please have some of the koeksisters in the cafe the waiters there are just lovely! I enjoyed particularly Nomvuyo's room and the hairdresser or salon area upstairs. Beautiful memories and the stories and told well. Overall a stunning place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

See it for yourself! That's all I can say. I knew very little about apartheid and it's true effects but when leaving the museum I felt enriched with information and emotion for the area. Was part of the Illios - "Walk to Freedom" tour.

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Thank Mattd2988
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We did the tour with one of 66.000 people who had to leave district six. It was so interesting. You can learn a lot from them.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This small museum on the outskirts of the city centre is a poignant testimony to the struggles of ordinary people during South Africa's brutal period of apartheid. But, however revolting the policy and actions of the government and its big business supporters, what shines through this exhibition is the humanity of the oppressed, through their tales of domestic and social... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the museum and thought it was nice but requested a guided tour. That was a good decision as it uplifted our visit from nice to spectacular. The guided tour was only about $1.50 US.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I went on a quick round; it started with quite some reading and continued with several stories of people about what happened. If you are into history and a 'personal touch' on how it was, probably interesting. It just wan't something for me.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this museum after seeing rave reviews and because my English boyfriend was interested in our political history. The entrance fee isn't a lot but it doesn't include any sort of guide or information leaflet. The major problem with the museum is the vast amount of tiny text which is overwhelming. It makes it impossible to follow a coherent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My walking tour ended at this location and I decided to stop in to see what else I could learn about District Six. The museum is full of items from the people who were forcibly removed from their homes. I especially loved the time I spent with the ladies in the restaurant. They were very knowledgeable on Cape Coloured history

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