Behind the door of a former church of the Methodist Mission, a dark page of history is on display. Under apartheid, a 1966 law declared District Six “Whites Only”, all non-Whites being undesirables in the eyes of the government of the time.
This museum explains the history of the multi-ethnic neighbourhood here that was entirely destroyed. The 60,000 inhabitants who were expulsed were, for the most part, relocated to the townships on the periphery of the city. Photographs and personal objects are complemented with poignant testimonies from former residents in this living exhibit.
If the museum renders homage to all of these broken lives, it is in speaking with the staff that you can better grasp daily life under apartheid. A beautiful place of memory.
District Six Museum
25A Buitenkant Street
8001 Cape Town
+27 (0)21 466 7200