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Address: 15 25a Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 466 7200
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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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Is it really only 26 years?

To my shame I had never heard of District Six before I went to Cape Town. After I had been to this museum I will never, ever forget it.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To my shame I had never heard of District Six before I went to Cape Town. After I had been to this museum I will never, ever forget it.

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Heysham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a small museum on 2 floors. It tells the story of how over 60,000 black South Africans were forcibly removed from their homes and the area flattened. Worth a visit.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well I am more of a nature lover so compared to other attractions it was okay... One can go for once, but for other natural attractions I would love to make a next trip to SA.

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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very moving experience but make sure you get a guided visit by one of the volunteers who were forcibly moved under the Apartheid regime (disaster)- as they will really give you a personal account to the whole disastrous events that took place. The photos and every day objects on first floor are very poignant, and the documentary film really movign... More 

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Pennington, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum is the one place that tore at my heart during my two week visit to South Africa. This museum describes the forced removal of non-whites from District Six in Cape Town, South Africa. Some of the staff, including tour guides are former residents of District Six. They described how they were forced to leave their homes with little... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Here is a graphic portrayal of the horror of forced removal in CT. District 6 was one of 42 such removals over decades to make way for industry and car parks; tragic and inhumane.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We almost made the mistake of just paying for a self-led tour and thankfully we ended up getting the guided tour by a former district six resident. Make sure you take the time to see the desolate fields that were once the neighborhood of district six before visiting the museum. We took a walking tour the day prior and the... More 

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Nuremberg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great type of museum, very moving. It is situated in a house or church, not sure, whereas inside the way of living in the old District Six is shown. You can see the different professions, the interior of a typical 60es room, but most important, you can speak to people who were living in the District Six by the... More 

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St Albans
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this historical museum as part of an organised tour of Cape Town and we are so pleased that we did. We had some basic knowledge of how the people and communities and buildings were so sadly and terribly broken up from 1966 but to see and read some of the many artifacts and personal stories made you wonder... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Museum tells the very real human story of the apartheid era destruction of a vibrant community. It was great to talk to staff, including a former resident,evicted from the district and hoping to move back.

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