The District Six Museum tells the story of the events in the District Six where the homes of 60,000 residents were taken during Apartheid times. After the district was reclaimed “White Area”, a process of expropriation, evacuation and demolition of houses of the then often colored and black residents followed. The museum provides information about the events of the past and everything that has followed up to now. We recommend joining the guided tour, in which one of the residents of the neighborhood from that time tells the story. In the museum you get a good insight into the lives of people in South Africa at the time of Apartheid, how deeply rooted were the differences between races and how powerless the colored and black population felt. After the Apartheid, the original residents of District Six were battling to go back to the neighborhood, only a fraction of them have actually returned. The museum pays a lot of attention to explaining the injustice done to the residents of District Six.
The museum is located in an old church of the neighborhood. District Six has been renamed Sunflower district, both these names are used nowadays. The neighborhood is close to the center of the city and it is within walking distance of, for example, the Company Gardens and Long street.
Address: Hoek van Albertus street and Buitenkant street
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Every hour (9:30, 10:30, 11:30 etc) there is the possibility to do a guided tour, it is really recommended! The tour takes around 45 minutes
ZAR 40 for access without a guide
ZAR 55 for access and tour with guide
Nice to know
District Six is now a hip up-and-coming neighborhood with many nice coffee and lunch spots.
The famous Truth Café that has been named the world’s best cafe is just around the corner from the museum https://za.truth.coffee/. In addition to drinking coffee, you can also have a good lunch there, and you will also be amazed by the special decor of the store.
Other good breakfast / lunch options close to the museum are: Haas (19 Buitenkant street) and New York Bagels (44 Harrington Street) u