District Six Museum

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In Cape Town

-33.9276, 18.4236

 

+27 21 466 7200 www.districtsix.co.za

About

To the south of the Castle of Good Hope was once the bustling township of District Six. This area was home to over 55 000 people (mostly of ‘coloured’  and African origin) before the forced removals in 1966 under the apartheid regime. Bulldozers came in and flattened the homes, schools and buildings, leaving behind only the mosques and churches.

The District Six Museum pays tribute to this vibrant township that was known for its soul, creativity and sense of family. It’s a moving reminder of the hardships experienced under the Group Areas Act of the time.

Take a heartfelt journey into the lives and the times of District Six through a variety of visual displays. There are video documentaries, photographs and memorabilia from the days long gone. You can also see a collection of original street signs, barbershop paraphernalia and children’s toys that were left behind. Read the personal accounts of those who once called District Six home and admire the various artworks on offer – including the beautiful mural by artist, Peggy Delport.

The District Six Museum covers two floors (it occupies the old Central Methodist Mission Church) and has both temporary and permanent exhibitions. Regular workshops are also held here - see the museum website for details.

There is a coffee shop and you can purchase various gift items  like books and photographs. Make sure you have a good few hours to spend exploring the museum. It is open from 9am to 2:30 pm on Mondays and from 9am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday. There is an admission fee and special tours are also available.

Address: 25A Buitenkant Street, City Centre