If you visiting Cape Town for the first time or you have not yet B!een to visit the District Six Museum, then it is worth a trip down memory lane. You will experience a piece of history at this interesting stop, which tells a story about once upon a time, in Southern Africa and the sad reality of a lost legacy.
District Six was the home for ethnic and a racially diverse community, freed slaves, immigrants, artisans, workers and traders. During the 60s, the government forcibly removed everybody.
Thirty odd years later, the District Six Museum is worth the visit. The museum pays tribute to the community’s memory by displaying the artefacts and archival photographs and now it is in the process of expanding to a neighbouring building at 15 Buitenkant Street – the old Sacks Futeran building. The stories told by the exhibitions in both locations have been synergised so as to provide visitors with an in depth understanding of an important part of the country’s history.
Noor Ebrahim, runs the small museum shop and has been part of this community all his life. His knowledge and storytelling is fascinating, he will share memories of the weddings, funerals and street life of a place that was once quite different.
The museum also offers guided walking tours of the neighborhood, contact Louise Mohammed on +27 21 466 7200, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Christopher MicaudDistrict Six Museum 25 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town 8001 Tel: 021 4667200 09h00 – 14h00 Mondays (doors close at 13h30)
09h00 – 16h00 Tuesdays – Saturdays (Sundays are by appointment only) R20 per person
R5 per school-going child
Free entrance to ex-residents of District Six and other areas of forced removals
Free entry to South African Pensioners.