District Six Museum Tours

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A former Cape Town neighborhood is remembered in the District Six Museum, built in the neighborhood itself.

District Six was created in the 1860s, but by the mid-1960s the government began forcibly removing the non-white residents to a slum-like township miles away in order to make the neighborhood whites-only. In all, some 60,000 people were relocated, and their homes destroyed. Very little development was ever started in the area, however, and post-apartheid the government said they would recognize property rights of former residents.

The District Six Museum was founded in 1994 to honor those who were forcibly removed from their homes. Some fragments of the former neighborhood are on display, and there is a district map on the floor where former residents have noted where their houses once were. The museum and District Six Foundation also exist to help people moving back to the neighborhood develop the area into a thriving community again.

If the District Six relocation sounds familiar, it served as the inspiration for the 2009 movie, “District 9.”

Practical Info

The District Six Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sundays it's open by appointment only). Tickets are 30Rand for adults on a self-guided visit, or 45Rand for adults with an ex-resident as your guide. Students are 15R. 
Address: 25 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town 8001, South Africa
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-4pm, Sunday by appointment only
Admission: Adult self-guided tour R30, Adult guided tour R45
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