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The District Six Museum


The image: District Six
Donor/Source: Lutz Kosbab

District Six Museum opened in 1994 and is currently expanding from its well-established location into a second venue in a neighbouring building. The stories told by the exhibitions in these two locations provide visitors with an in depth understanding of an important part of the country’s history.


The Image: Digging Deeper Exhibition _ Barbershop
Donor /Source : Paul Grendon

 

Using the lens provided by the destruction of the District Six community, the Museum raises awareness about the many different ways that communities across the country and even globally, have been dislocated for various reasons, and how this continues to impact across many generations. The current permanent exhibition –Digging Deeper – continues to speak powerfully to the many local and international visitors who pass through the Museum’s doors on a daily basis.

In addition, two new exhibitions about football were introduced in June 2010: theFields of Play and Offside exhibitions.

 

Image: Digging Deeper_ Apartheid sign on bench
Donor /Source: Staff Photographer
 

 



Fields of Play

Fields of Play: football memories and forced removals in Cape Town portrays the history of football since the first game  was played on Green Point Common in 1862 and traces the rich history of the football associations that used the Common for their games.  The making of the exhibition reunited a number of football administrators, players, referees and spectators of the game. Their memories and stories vividly bring to life the rich history of struggle, competition, discipline and achievement by the city’s sporting communities in the face of forced removals.

Image : Fields of Play Exhibition

Offside

Offside: Kick Ignorance Out! Football Unites, Racism Divides is collaboration between the British Council; the District Six Museum; Football Unites ,Racism Divides and Kick It Out. The exhibition highlights aspects of the footballing relationship between the United Kingdom and South Africa and how it has evolved over the last century, focussing particularly on experiences of racism in both countries. The exhibition encourages us to be vigilant against prejudice, highlighting the ways in which it remains a blemish on the beautiful game.

General information:

 

Image: Digging Deeper_ Apartheid signs
Donor /Source: Staff Photographer

Location:
25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
PO Box 10178, Caledon Square, 7905
(T) 021 466 7200
(F) 021 466 7210
info@districtsix.co.za
www.districtsix.co.za <http://www.districtsix.co.za>

The Homecoming Centre,15 Buitenkant Street, Cape town,
 

Opening Hours:
Monday 9am -2pm
Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 4pm
Open on Sundays by appointment only
Closed on Christmas, New Year and Good Friday


Image: Version: Digging Deeper_ visitors engaging with floor map
Donor/Source: Mxolisi Madela

District Six Walking tour:
R50 per person, with a minimum of 10 people. For bookings contact the Museum on 021 466 7200 or email info@districtsix.co.za
 By appointment only
 
Coffee Shop:
Open daily for light snacks, coffee or tea


Image: Digging Deeper_ Digging Deeper_ View of children’s display
Donor/Source: Mxolisi Madela
 

The Little Wonder Shop:
Books and gifts available during Museum opening hours
 
Entrance fee:*
R15 per adult
R5 for children 7-12 years
Ex-residents and South African pensioners enter for free
*Subject to change
 
 
 

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