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.

Located on the West Coast Way Cape Way Route

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For more information on West Coast Way, the other routes on offer, and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

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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.

In addition to being a community space for ex-residents to gather and meet, the Museum has also become a site that tells the story of District Six to visitors from near and far. It has been designed in such a way that a visitor can wander in off the street and go on a self-guided tour, and if preferred, can have the privilege of experiencing of having a tour with a former resident of the destroyed District Six

Guided tours are available at the following times from Monday to Friday (and on Saturdays by pre-arrangement) Please note that if a tour is fully booked then you will have to wait for the next available opening or guide.

The District Six Museum is located on the West Coast Way Cape Way Route

Open Monday – Saturdays 09:00 – 16:00
Distance from Cape Town: 500 m
Where: Corner of Darling & Harrington Streets, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 466 7200 |  [email protected] | www.districtsix.co.za

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West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. Explore a unique collection of 101 road trip stops along themed routes by planning a self-drive trip or guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast vacation. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Tractor Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route, the West Coast Way Wild Route – as well as the newly launched Cape Way Route – all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many.

For more information on West Coast Way, the other routes on offer, and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

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