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Address: 15 25a Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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+27 21 466 7200
09:00 - 16:00
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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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Walk through history

Although the museum isn't big it is definitely worth a visit to learn more about the history of Cape Town. You have to pay for entry but it is a couple of Rands so not over the... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Although the museum isn't big it is definitely worth a visit to learn more about the history of Cape Town. You have to pay for entry but it is a couple of Rands so not over the top and you are free to walk around solo but they also provide a guided tour if required.

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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a small museum of mainly photographs and lengthy text overviews of the lead up to and the destruction of a vibrant neighborhood in the name of separate development practiced by the Government of the time circa 1960 / 1970 - Sadly nothing can rectify the wrongs that were done here but this serves a good purpose in keeping... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to this museum as part of our Township Tour. This museum contains history of the Apartheid period. Truly amazing.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you visit Cape Town, it is really important to understand its history. District 6 Museum was extremely interesting. If you visit, pay the extra for a Guided Tour of the Museum with a local who has lived through the experience.It was very informing and worth every dollar. Also, you can turn up on the day and pay for this,... More 

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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The great opportunity to understand the dark part of South African history. Very well done and very exiting.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Following advice form other trippers we asked for a guided tour and one of the team of former residents gave as an hour and a half of a fascinating glimpse into life before, during and after the clearances. Wasn't sure before we went whether this would be a worthwhile visit but it really beat our expectations. The story is sad... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful museum dedicated to the District Six area sadly depicting the displacement of 60,000 inhabitants during the 1970's. It is not a large museum but an extremely moving one and beautifully captures an important part of the apartheid era.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited per coincidence the museum as they were having an African Market called Afrimarche. I discovered a beautiful venue, with beautiful rooms full of history and pictures explaining a part of the Cape Tonian very specific history during apartheid. Was a nice cultural visit. There were some passionate people explaining all the way as their family were part of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here on a late Monday morning and we're lucky enough to have the opportunity to join a guided tour done by Joe Schaffers, an ex-resident of district six. The tour with Joe cost us 55.00R per person, but you can go on a self-guided tour for 40.00R per person. Obviously having Joe tell his life story gave us... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great museum on apartheid through District Six. The museum is small, but full of history: plenty of photos and the floor of the main lobby is the map of the area. Going to the second floor, you can take a good picture of it. When purchasing the tickets, you are opted to choose a guided tour. It is slightly... More 

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