District Six Museum was founded in 1994 to honor those who were forcibly removed from their homes in the area. In the mid-1960s the South African government began relocating some 60,000 nonwhite residents to a slum-like township miles away and destroyed their homes in order to make the neighborhood whites-only.
Fragments of the former neighborhood are displayed in the museum, and there’s a district map where former residents have noted the former locations of their houses. The museum and District Six Foundation also help people restore the area into a thriving community. Visit the museum with your Cape Town City Pass, or on a guided tour focused on the city’s townships. Tours usually stop here first to explain the history of pass laws and Apartheid.
Things to Know Before You Go
- District Six Museum is a must-visit for a glimpse into Cape Town’s history.
- There is an admission fee.
- Wheelchair users can access the museum via a ramp or escalator.
- The museum has a coffee shop and a bookshop.
How to Get There
District Six Museum is centrally located, just a 10-minute walk from Greenmarket Square. If you’re coming from the V&A Waterfront, take the No. 113 bus to Cape Town Adderley and then walk 10 minutes. The nearest train station is Cape Town Station, a 20-minute walk away.
When to Get There
The museum welcomes visitors from 9am to 4pm Monday through Saturday. It is open on Sunday by appointment only. Weekdays can be busy if there are large school groups visiting.
Touring the Museum
Visitors are welcome to stop at the museum with no prior reservation and go on a self-guided tour. It is also possible to take a guided tour led by a former resident of the destroyed District Six. Book in advance if you would like the guided tour.