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District Six Museum

Current Exhibition

Shaping a Shared World Feb 24th – Mar 15th 2014. “Anything that you needed, you just go to Hanover and get it.”

Thandi Makhupula (Interview, 1999) “No matter where we are, we are here.”

Mrs Abrahams (taken from the memory cloth, 1994) Digging Deeper

View virtual tours of our permanent exhibitions. D6 as a National Heritage Site

In its simplest terms, the return of people to District Six has significance for the country as a whole, and for the Museum in particular. Join the Baluleka youth club

It was launched on 10 December 2005 as an umbrella programme for a range of projects that serve to engage youth in the life of the Museum, the city and globally. The District Six Museum

District Six was named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867. Originally established as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants,

District Six was a vibrant centre with close links to the city and the port. By the beginning of the twentieth century, however, the process of removals and marginalisation had begun.

The first to be forced out were black South Africans who were displaced from the District in 1901. As the more prosperous moved away to the suburbs, the area became a neglected ward of the city.

On 11 February 1966 it was declared a white area under the Group Areas Act of 1950, and by 1982, the life of the community was over. More than 60 000 people were forcibly removed to barren outlying areas aptly known as the Cape Flats, and their houses in District Six were flattened by bulldozers.

The District Six Museum, established in December 1994, works with the memories of the District Six experience and with that of forced removals more generally.


Our Offer

Free Entry to Cape Town Pass holders


Normal Ticket Prices

R45 With ex-resident guide R30 self guided tour