District Six, named as the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town, is an inner-city residential area in Cape Town, South Africa. During the 1970’sthe area was declared a ‘white area’. The Apartheid regime dictated that all inhabitants, mainly black and freed slaves of mixed backgrounds, were removed by force to relocate to the outer laying barren Cape Flats. 60,000 residents were affected. The area was subsequently bulldozed.
The District Six Museum is full of memories and experiences during that traumatic time in history.
The District Six Museum, also called D6, is located in central Cape Town, South Africa. The museum is open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Saturday and can be both self guided or you can take a guided tour with a former resident. (scheduled).
Allow at least one hour to discover the history of this area throughout both the regular and featured exhibitions. Through the many sombre photos, artefacts, and moving articles you will gain a better insight to the formation of South Africa’s culture and history.
While District Six Museum is quite intimate in size, it is a great learning opportunity that is informative and represents a emotional but factual context of Cape Town history. It is recommended that you combine this tour with the many great sights that Cape Town and South Africa offer.