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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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15 25a Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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In 1956, the white powers decided to eliminate the diversity and people of District 6, destroying an entire way of life, disrupting the people that lived there. All told, about 60,000 persons were dislocated, then the area was razed and flattened. Lots of interesting stories...More

Thank CFEIII
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I think everyone who visits Cape Town should visit District Six Museum. It is an excellent educational experience with an enormous emotional impact. It charts the clearing of a large area of Cape Town in the apartheid era. Such inhumanity must never be forgotten.

Thank John6550
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum is definitely worth a visit. Does no take much time, but it’s well done and informative.

Thank Lolvgc
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The small museum is situated in an old church. Together with the way it’s set up it is difficult to get a full understanding of the impact the deportation has had on the identity of the city. A guided tour is well spent time.

Thank JeroenvanRoekel
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Thanks to our Ilios guide as the trip to Table mountain was cancelled, he took us on a trip to District Six Museum. It was very interesting giving a one sided view of why slum of District Six was demolished. It made us look at...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited District Six Museum on Hop on/off Bus ( yellow route). Wow! Don't miss this, even if you're not much into the history of Cape Town.

Thank Brigitte W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This building stands as a stark reminder that during the final decades of Apartheid, as as 60,000 non-white residents were removed from this neighbourhood. This district was close to the commercial centre of the city, and it was determined that the whole area should be...More

Thank Don_G_Wright
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This very small museum tells an important story about a community of people whose lives were ripped apart by apartheid in the 1960s. The museum is largely (maybe entirely?) staffed by people from District Six, and they are the curators and caretakers of the museum...More

Thank DaveGel
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum itself is good but only a minor part of the experience; listening to a local describe their story is really what it is about. Make sure you have an hour to truly listen and see what Apartheid meant for people.

Thank Fredrik H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked to this Museum from the V & A Waterfront - takes about 30/40 minutes - and were very pleased we had made the effort. It is a very moving account of how an entire district was destroyed and all the people taken from...More

Thank philipwoolley
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theblackbutterfly
22 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
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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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