Le musée du district six, en anglais District Six Museum, est un musée du Cap en Afrique du Sud consacré aux familles expulsées du District 6 et à leur histoire.
If you want to really learn and understand the history and see it first hand this is the place to go. The guide who was a resident obviously had the knowledge and was very articulate and gave a first hand history lesson. After the tour and viewing make sure to take the time to look around on your own. Some amazing artifacts. Recommended for all ages
Enjoyed the museum especially given how sad the topic is and why it came about -they laid it out in an easy to digest manor that wasn't too overwhelming emotionally. A great place to take kids also, like I did. I feel kids need to learn about important topics like how humans treated each other and how we have evolved to be better, more compassionate and more accepting. I especially liked chatting to a young man called Dean. He worked at the museum and was so informative.
Highly educational museum. I loved the tour with Mr. Brown, who lived in District 6 when he was younger. He really explained how living in District 6 was like living with a huge family. I enjoyed all the pictures and the tiny room in the museum. This is a must do in Cape Town.
District Six Foundation was founded in 1989 and the museum in 1994, as a memorial to the forced movement of 60,000 inhabitants of various races in District Six during Apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. The floor of the museum is covered with a big map of the district with hand written notes of former inhabitants, which indicate where their houses were located. One former resident is jazz musician, Abdullah Ibrahim, better known by the name Dollar Brand. Other pieces in the museum are old traffic signs, exhibits of historical moments and lives of families from the area, historical declarations, and exhibits about the demolition.
Really fascinating place. A lot to see within a very small space. Strongly recommend having a guided tour to get an extra insight and to hear from someone who lived in District 6
Interesting place to learn about the old history of Cape town. Nice recipis on wall from the older families that stayed there. A real museum to share all the history around district six and occupants. On the route of the hop on hop off bus route. You can visit here and do not go past the Castle on yor way back to the main terminal at the Waterfront.
Took me back to my childhood days, very sad to walk down memory lane. Staff are well informed. Every corner or picture brings out the true reflection of years gone by, of District six. Well positioned.
Tour guides are excellent. Don't forget to pack tissues.. The stories they share opens up the water works.
The District Six Museum was an eye opening experience for me. It focuses on remembering what happened during the apartheid and how it affected those individuals living in district 6. I found what was unique about this museum is that it takes a much closer look at apartheid and how it impacted coloured people in SA which was a perspective that I hadn’t engaged with as much in preference tours. I also had a guided tour guide, which I’d highly recommend, and after the tour I asked her what she’d want everyone to remember after leaving the museum. Her response was, “Never, never again allow what has happened to your parents, grand-parents, great grand parents to ever happen again. Go out educate yourselves. No matter what race you are, never let history be repeated.”
We went here in March 2018. It's been a breathtaking experience to see all the cruelty what was going on during apartheid and that it was just a couple of decades ago. Never again, South Africa is and South Africans are beautiful. If you're in Capetown the District Six Museum is a must visit. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Definitely recommending this place.
A definite must if you visit Cape Town. I happened to go when a few large groups showed up about the same time so the guides were trying to talk over each other. Made the tiny museum feel even more cramped. Ended up not being able to go around the correct way because of that, but still had an enjoyable time learning about such a sad event in human history.
If you wish to u destined South Africa, there are pieces all over the country that will help you out. You just go to Cape Town, this museum will help you a lot showing what Apartheid actually was and what was the idea behind it. It’s very educational and if the country has a certain design these days, it’s because they had experiences like the Apartheid and this kind of thing must be understood, as hard as it can be.
Our tour guide Mr Brown painted us a wonderfully rich tapestry of what life was like in District Six. He was very animated in his accou ts which helped bring its cultural aspects to life. Our family group which included an ex district six resident was enthralled throughout our guided tour. It was an unforgettable morning well spent.
South Africa and especially Cape Town has rich history and that richness can be realised at this museum. Things and stories during apartheid rule, racial discrimination, suffer and destruction of houses and all can be found here. Traditional South African dress, stories of famous people and all information related to South African history can be found here. It typically takes one and half hour to properly visit and understand things around in the museum.
Really powerful museum with lots of info about what happened in District Six and the Cape Flats. The panels in the beginning confused me due to the anachronistic approach, but that is also my annoying linear preference. Incredible how many people have donated their memorabilia to the museum. Really makes it so alive and real. I think they could do more to show you where things are today, for those new to Cape Town. For example, is Hanover St still around? Where was X apartment complex (the main one they show... Now the name escapes me) relative to today's neighbourhoods? etc.
The museum gives you a good sense of what life was before and after the apartheid in District 6 of Cape Town. The stories are real and even the guides are people who lived in District 6 at some point of their lives. The place itself is an old church that has been transformed into a museum now. You need about two hours to get through all the exhibits.
Great history lesson in a somewhat tired museum. Look out for the before and after demolition boards. Good stop over on way to castle. A must for urban designers and those interested in apartheid era urban planning.
It was very educational and I had an amazing tour guide. Locals don't have to pay. I'm not sure if foreigners have to pay or not. You HAVE to visit this place if you want to know the history of South Africa.