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District Six Museum, Cape Town: 7 reviews and 9 photos

  District Six Museum
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Although small in size, this museum has claimed fame in and outside of South Africa. That comes mainly from the story behing the museum: District Six was a very cosmopolitan area with immigrants from many places around the world. This was so in the late 19th century and continued well into the first half of the 20th. Close to the docks and surely not free of conflicts among the different groups, it was nevertheless a nice place to live. This changed when Apartheid policy was enforced more strictly and District Six delcared a Slum. In the ?Group Areas Act? of 1966, District Six was declared a ?Whites Only? area, so that the fate of District Six was sealed: Most of the buildings were demolished, the residents were forced to live in an assigned area according to their skin colour. By 1982, almost all houses have been demolished with only a couple of the former buildings still standing, mostly churches. District Six was renamed Zonnebloem (Sunflower), a name which is far from reality. It wasn?t until 1994, when the Apartheid regime fell, that the claims of the former inhabitants were taken seriously. Mots of them have been relocated to the Cape Flats, 25 kms away from District Six. A reconstruction program was started in the following years and in 2002, the first two new houses were handed over to former Distric Six inhabitants. The Museum gives you an insight about how District Six once was and what happened in the tragic years between 1966 and 1994. It was first intended as an archive and meeting place for the former inhabitants only, but it is open now for visitors too. If you only visit a single museum in Cape Town, let it be this one!

Directions: northwest of the city bowl, within short distance of the castle
Phone: +27 21 466 7200
Website: http://www.districtsix.co.za/

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  • Written Jun 4, 2008
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