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25A Buitenkant Street

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Established in 1994, the District Six Museum commemorates and educates visitors about the people of District Six. During the first half of the 20th century, this part of town was home to one tenth of the city's population. But in 1966 when apartheid was in full swing, District Six was declared a "white" neighborhood, and more than 60,000 people were forced to move to the shanty towns established in Cape Flats, a barren area on the outskirts of the city. The museum memorializes these displaced citizens with exhibits that recount their stories and inform visitors about social justice. Visitors can also take a guided tour of the district, led by one of The District Six Museum Foundation's informative guides.

Tourists describe a trip to The District Six Museum as a somber visit. According to one TripAdvisor user, "You cannot understand Cape Town's history (and South Africa) without District 6 as a reference point, and this museum tells its history with passion and careful attention."

The District Six Museum sits in the heart of the city, just a short walk from Greenmarket Square. The museum welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission costs 20 ZAR (roughly $2.50 USD) per person, with discounts offered for students. To learn more, visit The District Six Museum's website.

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Easily the city's most recognizable landmark, Table Mountain towers over Cape Town just south of the city center. Having earned its name from its unique, flat-topped shape, the mountain is the most popular attraction found within Table Mountain National Park (which encompasses other top attractions like Boulders Beach and the Cape of Good Hope).

There are numerous ways to experience Table Mountain. Adventurous travelers can hike to the summit along one of the mountains numerous trails, although the region's fickle weather can turn an on-foot excursion into an unpleasant, muddy walk. Recent travelers strongly recommend using the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway instead. These suspended cable cars rotate 360 degrees, offering passengers spectacular views of the city and the ocean. According to one TripAdvisor user, "We had to queue for over an hour to get our tickets so recommend booking on-line. The cable car floor rotates so everyone get a chance to see the views."

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