District Six Museum, Cape Town

District Six Museum, Cape Town (must see)

This area was named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867 and was known as District Six. This area was diverse; freed slaves, immigrants, artists, manual laborers, and merchants all lived and worked in this district near the port. However, in 1966, it was declared a white area, and by 1982, the community had been destroyed. Over 60,000 people were relocated to other areas. Their former homes in District Six were bulldozed.

The District Six Museum was founded in 1994. The floor of the museum features a large map. Handwritten notes by former residents show where their homes were located. The Digging Deeper exhibit aims to showcase life in the district before it was destroyed.

Visitors can take guided or self-guided tours of the museum. Visitors can also take self-guided tours of the vacant District Six land.

Why You Should Visit:
Well worth taking a guided tour to get a real understanding of the evil that was apartheid. The guides are former residents (before they were kicked out in 1966).

Tip:
Get there early and take a break at their coffee shop – it's very nice and you must try their samosas and/or koeksisters!

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District Six Museum on Map

Sight Name: District Six Museum
Sight Location: Cape Town, South Africa (See walking tours in Cape Town)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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