District Six Museum
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
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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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  • Harry
    Bristol, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent memory box of the impact of colonialism in the Western Cape
    The District Six museum was a thought-provoking and moving space, where the memories of dispossessed communities had been collected into the form of a 'memory box'. The exhibits and design uncover the brutal hardship of the Group Areas Act in South Africa, and the impact of colonialism more widely. I would highly recommend you visit this museum.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 August 2023
  • beachnrun
    64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem
    I recommend doing a quick stop by the property that was District Six prior to going to the museum. It put into perspective the information contained in the museum. It's my understanding that there are tours at the museum that are guided by a former resident. We didn't have time to do that, as we had limited time on the way to the airport, but I did see a group on a tour, and it seemed as though everyone was engaged. The museum was small but packed with information. If we return to Cape Town we will attend a tour. The cost is very inexpensive, and I think this is an underrated gem.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Katherine
    Manchester, United Kingdom523 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical and worth a visit!
    Didn’t really know what to expect, it was worth the visit in my eyes. To read about the history and how people were treated no that long ago really. The personal statements about being displaced really gave a true perspective. It is a little dated in how its set up in the church and could do with some investment.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Charlie S
    Vancouver, Canada18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see to understand the impact of Aparthied.
    A must see museum to understand the gravity of the impact of the displacement ("forced removals" of black people) in Cape Town during the Apartheid. We took the option of a tour which gave us the opportunity to speak with a person displaced in his 20's. This was a very moving experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 November 2023
  • B Russell
    Calgary, Canada51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see museum
    Museum has an engaging variety of displays to explain what the D6 residents endured under apartheid, the richness of their lives despite harsh economic conditions, and how their lives subsequently unfolded over the years. Displays convey a very personal and communitarian focus. Excellent museum; poignant that it’s in one of the few churches not torn down during the mass relocation of reisdents.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 December 2023
  • Tita Elvie
    Canada100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit museum
    If you visit Cape Town, you need to visit this museum. It is truly important to know about Apartheid and how it has impacted South Africa. The museum is well done and make sure to arrive at a time where you can take the tour. The tour made the experience significantly better.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2024
  • Deborah V
    Montreal, Canada234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Choose a guide to walk with you
    A must-see in Cape Town. You can either do the tour on your own (ZAR60) or have a guide (ZAR75) who is always a former resident of District Six. In my case, I chose to have a guide who was a lovely Malay lady who lived there until the age of 7, where they all got kicked out with nothing but a suitcase. A very touching and emotional experience.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 March 2024
  • sethsean
    New York City, New York124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth the time
    There is a lot to read in this museum but it tells a very important story about a community destroyed by apartheid. It was well worth taking the time to read the displays, look at all the photos and the artifacts. You get a real understanding of what happened here.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 April 2024
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BobN06
Avondale, PA631 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A small museum that requires a lot of reading to get the full story but is worth it for the sense of culture and the historical photographs. The museum contains a number of photographs and testimonials that describe the people and culture of the area. The area was neglected by the government for a number of years and had degraded to a bit of a crowded slum. The government essentially leveled the area over a number of years – dismantling the neighborhood and sending the population to different townships. To this day the area is mostly open space and considered “salted earth”.
Written 16 May 2024
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Han
Geelong, Australia23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Really interesting and informative museum covering the history of the region. Very insightful museum and worth a visit to learn more about the area
Written 24 April 2024
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sethsean
New York City, NY124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
There is a lot to read in this museum but it tells a very important story about a community destroyed by apartheid. It was well worth taking the time to read the displays, look at all the photos and the artifacts. You get a real understanding of what happened here.
Written 16 April 2024
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Robert S
Folkestone, UK1,081 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Incredible slice of history during the Apartheid era - vvery sad and moving to see how a whole area of Cape Town was destroyed and its inhabitants relocated against their will.
Written 9 April 2024
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Deborah V
Montreal, Canada234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A must-see in Cape Town. You can either do the tour on your own (ZAR60) or have a guide (ZAR75) who is always a former resident of District Six. In my case, I chose to have a guide who was a lovely Malay lady who lived there until the age of 7, where they all got kicked out with nothing but a suitcase. A very touching and emotional experience.
Written 31 March 2024
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Tita Elvie
Canada100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
If you visit Cape Town, you need to visit this museum. It is truly important to know about Apartheid and how it has impacted South Africa. The museum is well done and make sure to arrive at a time where you can take the tour. The tour made the experience significantly better.
Written 10 March 2024
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Iain Lindsley
Northampton, UK188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I would recommend every visiting Cape Town visit D6 museum I would actually argue that its more important to visit here than Robben Island from a non local this place really opened my eyes to what an absolute hardship people of colour went through during apartheid from displacment and segragation. Its setting is a beautiful methodist church that thankfully survived the bulldozers.
Written 14 December 2023
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B Russell
Calgary, Canada51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Museum has an engaging variety of displays to explain what the D6 residents endured under apartheid, the richness of their lives despite harsh economic conditions, and how their lives subsequently unfolded over the years. Displays convey a very personal and communitarian focus. Excellent museum; poignant that it’s in one of the few churches not torn down during the mass relocation of reisdents.
Written 13 December 2023
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Charlie S
Vancouver, Canada18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A must see museum to understand the gravity of the impact of the displacement ("forced removals" of black people) in Cape Town during the Apartheid. We took the option of a tour which gave us the opportunity to speak with a person displaced in his 20's. This was a very moving experience.
Written 23 November 2023
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Katherine
Manchester, UK523 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Didn’t really know what to expect, it was worth the visit in my eyes. To read about the history and how people were treated no that long ago really.
The personal statements about being displaced really gave a true perspective.

It is a little dated in how its set up in the church and could do with some investment.
Written 7 November 2023
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