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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...more
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District 6 was a thriving multi racial neighbourhood that was targeted for fixed removals by the apartheid government forcing all residents to move to Cape Flats, 25 km away without any recompense. The museum building and a handful of other churches are all that remain...More
A very thought provoking visit that provided a deeper understanding of cape town social and political history. The museum brings history alive from a real person perspective - excellent visit and recommend to all fellow Travellers to Cape Town
Be sure to take the local guide's interpretation. Most of the guides have lived and were evacuated from District 6. One of the worst tragedies of Apartheid and the promise of restoration has yet to be fulfilled.
If you go without a guide, the museum is quite small/difficult to understand. Hence, I strongly recommend to book a guided tour with an ex-resident (approx 30 min) to get the full story. You can book online. Would definitely visit it when in Capetown!
The museum is a very nice memorial that tells the history of District Six and its people in a very sensible way. To really connect yourself to those people's feelings, you must book a tour with an ex-resident.
One of the things I learned over the course of 2.5 weeks in South Africa, is that this moment (25 years post Apartheid) yields a very different way to tell history that I am used to. It took me some time to get over the...More
Response from Bertiebeak | Reviewed this property |
We didn't have a guided tour the museum was quite small and easy to understand. You could purchase a guide book if required. I should think the walking tour of the city would be a good way to understand the history of... More
We didn't have a guided tour the museum was quite small and easy to understand. You could purchase a guide book if required. I should think the walking tour of the city would be a good way to understand the history of District Six
Response from lindagr17 | Reviewed this property |
The museum isn't that large and is all self-explanatory and self-directed. Some people visit the museum as part of a private tour (as we did.) So, sometimes that guide shows the group around the museum, but it isn't... More
The museum isn't that large and is all self-explanatory and self-directed. Some people visit the museum as part of a private tour (as we did.) So, sometimes that guide shows the group around the museum, but it isn't necessary. You can get a lot of attending this museum on your own. The displays are quite good.
After the museum, we toured a settlement outside of the city and then went to Robbins Island, which the tour company booked for us but then you go on your own. You are met by a guide and they lead the tour. Don't miss this.)
Response from Grahamsmith1950 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry went on a private tour so not sure whether it is on a tour bus route. But look at the tour bus maps and theywill tell you, my best guess is that it may be on the red route as that seemed to go through the centre.