District Six Museum
The District Six Museum was created in 1989 as a memorial to the people who were moved from the area by the apartheid government. The museum floor is covered by a large map with handwritten notes by former locals showing where their houses once stood. The museum holds many artefacts including traffic and street signs, photographs and interactive displays.
The District Six Museum is within walking distance of many Cape Town hotels
including the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore.
History of District Six
The District Six Museum in Cape Town remembers the painful history of this once bustling multi ethnic region of the city. The district was declared a 'white area' in 1966, resulting in 60,000 people being forcibly resettled in the outlying Cape Flats. The museum is a community project offering the descendants of those who were removed the chance to learn about the history of the area.
District Six grew rapidly in the late 1800s. Originally inhabited by the urban poor its population expanded to include Jewish and Muslim immigrants by the early 1900s. After the forced removals, District Six was renamed 'Zonnebloem'. Today the museum focuses on promoting joint community values with respect for individual identities.
Accommodation near the District Six Museum
The Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore offers the perfect base from which to explore the area once known as District Six, including the aquarium and events at the nearby CTICC
. The hotel has a fitness centre and plunge pool to refresh and relax guests after a day in the city. With Table Mountain dominating the skyline and the sea within walking distance, this area is full of history and natural beauty.