• The District Six Museum

    District Six was named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867. It was 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.

    Covered by the dust of defeat –
    Or so the conquerors believed
    But there is nothing that can
    Be hidden from the mind
    Nothing that memory cannot
    Reach or touch or call back

    Don Mattera, 1987
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    R45 per person
    (self-guided visits)

    R60 per person
    (with an ex-resident / guide)


    R5 per learner
    (SA & African)

    R15 per learner


    Ex-residents of District Six & other areas of forced removals; SA pensioners

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    Opening times

    09h00 - 16h00
    Monday to Saturday

    Contact details

    For information about the Museum:
    +27 21 466 7200
    Email: info@districtsix.co.za

    Physical Address
    25A Buitenkant Street Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

    Postal Address
    P.O. Box 10178, Caledon Square, 7905, South Africa

    Tour bookings & Visitor engagements
    Tel: +27 21 4667200
    (during office hours: Monday – Friday)
    Email: reception@districtsix.co.za