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District Six Museum

15 25a Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 466 7200
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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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  • Average11%
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  • Terrible1%
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15 25a Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 466 7200
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Ex residents from District six work as guides. I recommend a guided tour. They have a cafe with free wi-fi where you can buy koeksisters.

Thank Lee0401
Reviewed 4 days ago

Interesting place to discover about the history from people who lived there and how they were impacted by Apartheid laws.

Thank VivianaCorte
Reviewed 5 days ago

There's not much to say apart from the fact you owe it to yourself to visit this place if you are visiting Cape Town. It will help you understand the country far better and from a broader perspective. The museum is filled with photos, quotes,...More

Thank Alex W
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a museum not to be missed. It is completely authentic. The first time I visited they had music from district 6 for sale. Sadly this was not the case this time.

Thank mooneend
Reviewed 6 days ago

Small museum, short guided tour (worth it). While you are in Cape Town you can be enchanted by its mediterranean life style. This museum puts it in perspective. Unsettling.

Thank scoll365
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have walked past the museum on many occasions as I have gone for coffee at Truth. My overseas visitors asked if we could make a visit and what an amazing land worthwhile visit it was. The museum is filled with picture, articles and personal...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the District Six Museum as part of a tour. Some people will want to stay here for hours, and others for half an hour. District Six was a neighborhood that was forcibly cleared of its black population of 65,000 during the time...More

Thank RebelVirginia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the District Six Museum one morning while in Cape Town. It was one of the most enjoyable things that we did during our time there. Our soft spoken guide told stories about life in the district and how things changed once the residents...More

Thank Scott B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd encourage people to go and better understand the human cost of District 6. The history is very confronting. However the museum is small, too crowded and not well organised. Put it on the list but go knowing tha you will have to work to...More

Thank Elaine S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very interesting museum which explores a most important period of South African history. Joe, our guide was excellent. He delivered his story with honesty and fortitude. It's not an easy story to hear or tell but he also interjected humour without diminishing...More

Thank Ruthie3005
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21 June 2017|
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Response from Bertiebeak | Reviewed this property |
We didn't have a guided tour the museum was quite small and easy to understand. You could purchase a guide book if required. I should think the walking tour of the city would be a good way to understand the history of... More
30 August 2016|
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Response from lindagr17 | Reviewed this property |
The museum isn't that large and is all self-explanatory and self-directed. Some people visit the museum as part of a private tour (as we did.) So, sometimes that guide shows the group around the museum, but it isn't... More
Ric V
16 April 2016|
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Response from Grahamsmith1950 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry went on a private tour so not sure whether it is on a tour bus route. But look at the tour bus maps and theywill tell you, my best guess is that it may be on the red route as that seemed to go through the centre.