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District Six Museum

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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...more
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15 25a Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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+27 21 466 7200
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 11 March 2005

It's small, a little scruffy, and easy to miss, located in a street that doesn't look wonderful, so don't come late in the evening, and watch your possessions. But it's really well worth visiting, giving you a real feeling for what the place was like...More

7  Thank fnaughton
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 24 March 2012

My parents and I went to this museum to get some sense of history regarding South African race relations while we were in Cape Town. While the message the District Six Museum represents is an important issue and topic, this is a poorly-curated museum with...More

3  Thank jg325
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you go without a guide, the museum is quite small/difficult to understand. Hence, I strongly recommend to book a guided tour with an ex-resident (approx 30 min) to get the full story. You can book online. Would definitely visit it when in Capetown!

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The museum is a very nice memorial that tells the history of District Six and its people in a very sensible way. To really connect yourself to those people's feelings, you must book a tour with an ex-resident.

Thank 632camilau
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very informative little museum. How it all started and how thousands of people were driven out of their homes in district 6. Well worth a visit when exploring Cape Town.

Thank 957angelab
Reviewed 4 days ago

One of the things I learned over the course of 2.5 weeks in South Africa, is that this moment (25 years post Apartheid) yields a very different way to tell history that I am used to. It took me some time to get over the...More

Thank Marie400nl
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an incredibly powerful museum. It's small but it packs a punch. Really carefully curated to show every aspect of the lives of those who lived in District Six. It is well worth a visit.

Thank lindsayklein82
Reviewed 6 days ago

The District Six museum is a testament to a very dark time in Cape Towns history. The acknowledgement of this history and bravery in which it is approched is a testament to the people of Cape Town. Who choose to heal through remembering rather than...More

Thank Mandie M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here as wanted to find out a bit more about the enforced relocation of 1000’ s of people. The museum is well laid with a chronological sequence of events. There are some very moving first hand stories from people who suffered at the time....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We opted for the talk and it was so worthwhile. The gentleman gave his his personal and moving account of what happened in district six and the background to the museum. There are some interesting displays informing about the life of district 6.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A problem with many "social history " museums is that they need to be largely based on the stories of the individuals involved and are not easily illustrated by the displaying of artifacts. District 6 museum gets a reasonable balance between the two. But the...More

Thank PipPaul W
Reviewed 1 week ago

An off-the-beaten path museum that chronicles the forced relocation of over 60,000 low income and poor residents of Cape Town in the 1970s during the apartheid regime. Most were forced to leave with only what they could fit into a suitcase. Their homes and community...More

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theblackbutterfly
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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
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Pam186525
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
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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.
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