Visit the District Six and there is every chance of you getting emotionally moved. Established in memory of 60,000 inhabitants forced out of their homes during the authoritarian political system that brought nothing but unjust segregation among the people of South Africa, the District Six Museum represents the physical and spiritual trail left by its original rightful owners who all had a story to tell; and they still do. Apartheid was a system of racial segregation that existed in South Africa, from 1948 until the early 1990s. It was characterized by an authoritarian political culture based on white supremacy, which encouraged the repression of Black and Asian people. The economic and social effects of apartheid continue to the present day in many places. District Six recites the painful histories from Apartheid Africa. It treasures the historic remnants of the coerced movement of 60,000 inhabitants from various races living in District Six of Cape Town during this period. Today, in District Six, we can see the houses of these 60,000 inhabitants; the letters they have written, etc. in its pristine form. This museum, in 2003, was honored with the Prince Claus Award of Netherlands.
The museum is a testimony of a dark history that marked the beginning of a new era and allowed for new ideologies to surface, everywhere in the World. You will notice notes left by previous inhabitants whose memories of their home is rather bittersweet: their marks on the floors indicate the location of their homes and where their life had unfolded to be a beautiful one until they were overtaken by a selfish and unjustified movement of merciless separation. This Museum is part of these people’s lives, in both a former and current way, home of broken dreams that they get to relive, somehow, thanks to all the visitors that pay their respect to what was once someone’s home, sweet home.
It is 650 meters from the city center
You can walk to the museum
The nearest stations to District Six Museum are:
Lower Buitenkant is 166 meters away, 3 min walk
The Castle is 279 meters away, 4 min walk
Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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