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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
+27 21 466 7200
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Reviewed yesterday

Very interesting and moving museum regarding a neighbourhood that was destroyed during apartheid regime.

Thank GreekGeek16
Reviewed 5 days ago

A quick visit is all you need to understand the hardships that people went through losing their homes and being moved away. The museum is well kept, not very big, but an important lesson in history.

Thank Faydra2010
Reviewed 1 week ago

A small volunteer-originated museum telling the story of a vibrant multiracial neighbourhood in central Cape Town, levelled under apartheid for racial 'gentrification'. Very evocative displays with lots of artifacts from old shops, homes and streets, and reminiscences of people and events. A bit like the...More

Thank rxb9
Reviewed 1 week ago

You'll have a very good view of some of the repercussions of apartheid if you take the time to visit the museum. If you don't read every word, you can see the whole museum in an hour. It's worth it.

Thank Carolyn B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small museum with quite a bit packed in. We did the self guided tour. There is a great deal of information/pictures about the area and its sad history.

Thank Carla K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't full understand this history of South Africa but this museum is a 'must see'. We had a guide from someone who lived in the area before it was cleared completely. Went away with a far better understanding of what it must have been...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of information, pictures, maps. It's not a big museum, but very interesting in order to know what happened to those people.

Thank Rob F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Usually , I am not a fan of museum, but this one is quite interesting. It is nice to read about the life in this area. You can feel the atmosphere and learn a lot about this neighbourhood. You can end your visit in a...More

Thank nicolasgadiot
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thought we knew a lot about the apartheid, but thanks to this museum we know a lot more now. It is unbeleivable what the municipality of Cape Town and the Government did to their own inhabitants!

Thank fdejong1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fabulous small museum. If you are interested in learning about the history of apartheid, but want to see the effects in the small, immediate scale, this is the place to come. You can easily spend a few hours here and take a...More

Thank HyperboreanTom
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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.