District Six Museum

District Six Museum, Cape Town Central: Hours, Address, District Six Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

District Six Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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Nick
Nottingham, UK155 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Worth a visit to learn about how the various people living in District Six were forcibly removed to make way for a whole new 'heart of the city.

R100 entry fee.
Written 20 May 2022
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Natalie W
London, UK114 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Even though they were terribly short staffed, Mr Mohammed spent as much time as he could “colouring in” the exhibition with his real lived experience. That made our visit tbh. We loved the personal photos, family memories and community installations that made the whole experience familiar and relevant.
Written 19 May 2022
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CRLsrating
677 contributions
Apr 2022
This was such an awesome and humbling experience. The ability to hear the stories from those who lived in the area was amazing and made the visit very memorable.
Written 13 May 2022
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SteveK
Los Angeles, CA179 contributions
Feb 2022
Visited museum hoping to learn about Apartheid through lens of this neighborhood’s history. Intended audience seems domestic rather than foreign. Assumption is visitor comes academically prepped for deep dive into minutiae. Foreigners don’t come ready for that.

Foreigners need a smoother, easier, linear chronological narrative set against a broader historical context.

Museum feels an amalgamation of different layers added by successive curators. Presentation doesn’t know whether it wants to be historical, emotionally sentimental, or artistic. By conflating the three, museum succeeds at none.

Wikipedia proved a more illuminating and clearer recounting of this subject matter.

VISITED: 3 February 2022; 50 ZAR (foreign adult); credit cards accepted
Written 3 February 2022
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Lou.
Worcestershire, UK91 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
I’d strongly encourage anyone to visit this museum. You need about an hour/ hour 30 to properly read and take in the information.
Written 28 January 2022
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 128 contributions
Nov 2021
This community-run museum is in a former Methodist church building in what used to be a busy working class neighborhood. The Apartheid government decided to declare the area 'for whites only'. In the 1960s most residents were forced to leave and settle elsewhere on the city margins. 60.000 people were evicted!

Looking at numerous pictures and reading the texts one can sense the trauma the former inhabitants suffered. The museum makes a successful effort to reconstruct how life in District Six once was. Photos of music bands, a rearranged barbershop and a one room dwelling. A picture arises of people of differents races and ethnicities living together in harmony. One sometimes wonders if it really was that idyllic.

In many countries of the world neighborhoods where ordinary citizens lived close to or in a city center were brutally demolished in the name of 'development'. Mostly lower income inhabitants were moved. In South Africa 'urban order' was established based on race and executed in an unscrupulous way.

Entrance fee 50 Rand
Written 20 November 2021
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worldtraveler8092015
Phoenix, AZ43 contributions
Mar 2021
This museum tells the story of how the evils of apartheid caused scores of residents of this community to be forcibly removed to make room for more whites.
Written 2 April 2021
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Mei
Barcelona, Spain14 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
A must go in Cape Town and in South Africa. Interesting and unique museum that works hard on building up the historical memory.
Written 17 November 2020
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NSBDolphin
10 contributions
Feb 2020
THis is an exceptional museum--small in size, but more inspirational and educational than many museums ten times its size. The history of apratheid in SOuth Africa is explained in a thoughtful way, so that the experience is one you will never forget.
Written 13 June 2020
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Jessiemjoy
Busselton, Australia73 contributions
Jan 2020
Sad as it is - this ties in all the history of SA.
You would never know this happened many years ago and it's worth visiting...
Written 20 May 2020
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District Six Museum is open:
  • Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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