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Address: 15 25a Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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+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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This is a MUST SEE if you are in Cape Town. Never knew that apartheid was based on Nazi tenets.

This is an eye-opening museum. I never really knew that much about apartheid as I was a young boy in the 1960s. It blew me away that the apartheid rules were written based on... read more

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Westport, Connecticut
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is an eye-opening museum. I never really knew that much about apartheid as I was a young boy in the 1960s. It blew me away that the apartheid rules were written based on Nazi tenets. All those poor people who were forced from their homes 50 years ago and still there is almost nothing there today. How sad in... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our guide offered a very insightful glimpse into the controversial and unfortunate history of this area in Cape Town. Her observations were based on very personal experience and recollectons . This is a must stop for those seriously looking into the history of this area since World War II

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Small symbolic museum, and you will get the best out of it if you ask (and pay for) a local resident guide. We've been accompanied by Noor who himself experienced what happened to District 6 and brought certain pictures and symbolic objects to life for us - it was an absolute eye-opener, so well worth it

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is a small museum and the exhibition is a symbolic one. There is a highly recommended option at extra price 55ZAR instead of 40 ZAR to be guided by a former resident which makes the visit really emotional.

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Thank IamZozo
Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Learned a lot about District Six and the apartheid era at this museum. Very informative and well worth the visit.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably the most important Museum for anyone who wants to understand what happened to and in D6 the information and pictures tell the true storey of the group areas act and the eviction of the people of D6 the koeksisters in the coffee shop is a must

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While I was aware of the apartheid and the, strikingly similar, issues this region had experienced, I had no idea of the magnitude until visiting this museum. You never really know what another country has experienced until you take a trip down memory lane, and I am sure many of the stories told only scratched the surface. Please visit. You... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very small museum but really informative about how people were displaced in the early 60s. Lots of photos a memorabilia about people's lives and only a taxi ride from waterfront. Worth a visit.

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Norwich
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit to make you aware of the history of Cape Town and just how recent it is. Very informative.

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Truro, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were taken here on an organised trip as part of a longer Township Tour and wish that we could have stayed longer. The Museum provides an excellent insight into South Africa's history. The displays relating to apartheid are informative and interesting. We'll return again next year and stay longer so that we can take in more of the information

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