District Six Museum, Cape Town Central

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Delve into the history of the apartheid at District Six Museum, a display about an area of Cape Town declared a white-only neighborhood in the 1960s. Founded in 1994, the museum narrates the story of those who were forced out of the district through various items, photos, and videos. Use our Cape Town tour itinerary builder site to visit District Six Museum on your trip to Cape Town, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • So, I'm not a huge museum person. I was a little reluctant to go with my husband who was keen to visit. I am so pleased we did go. The museum offers 30-40 minute tours (ZAR55/ pp), guided by former re...  more »
  • A visit to this museum will help to understand what happened before the end of Apartheid. You are in the actual location of an area that is sparsely inhabited and are taken back to a vibrant life of a...  more »
  • The museum tells the story of how people were relocated from District Six to more distant areas according to an Act passed during the apartheid government. The museum itself is a string of the stories...  more »
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  • Really powerful museum with lots of info about what happened in District Six and the Cape Flats. The panels in the beginning confused me due to the anachronistic approach, but that is also my annoying linear preference. Incredible how many people have donated their memorabilia to the museum. Really makes it so alive and real. I think they could do more to show you where things are today, for those new to Cape Town. For example, is Hanover St still around? Where was X apartment complex (the main one they show... Now the name escapes me) relative to today's neighbourhoods? etc.
  • The museum gives you a good sense of what life was before and after the apartheid in District 6 of Cape Town. The stories are real and even the guides are people who lived in District 6 at some point of their lives. The place itself is an old church that has been transformed into a museum now. You need about two hours to get through all the exhibits.
  • Great history lesson in a somewhat tired museum. Look out for the before and after demolition boards. Good stop over on way to castle. A must for urban designers and those interested in apartheid era urban planning.
  • It was very educational and I had an amazing tour guide. Locals don't have to pay. I'm not sure if foreigners have to pay or not. You HAVE to visit this place if you want to know the history of South Africa.
  • Our tour guide Mr Brown painted us a wonderfully rich tapestry of what life was like in District Six. He was very animated in his accou ts which helped bring its cultural aspects to life. Our family group which included an ex district six resident was enthralled throughout our guided tour. It was an unforgettable morning well spent.
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