About the District Six Museum

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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. We aim to contribute to a ‘city for people and not races’.

On 11 February 1966, District Six 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. Based on an apartheid project of ‘divide and rule’ people were racially classified and the close knit community were dispersed to areas like Langa, Guguletu and Nyanga for ‘Natives’; Rylands for ‘Indians’ and Bonteheuwel, Athlone, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Lavender Hill and Retreat, amongst other areas, for ‘Cape Coloureds’.

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 Matera
More information:

Contact details

For information about the Museum:
Tel/Fax: +27 21 466 7200
email: info@districtsix.co.za

Physical Address

District Six Museum

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

District Six Museum Homecoming Centre

15A Buitekant Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

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

Tour bookings, Visitor engagements:
Zahra Hendricks
Tel: +27 21 4667200 (during office hours: Monday – Friday)
Fax: +27 21 4667210
Email: reception@districtsix.co.za

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