Museums & Galleries!
The Cape Flats is home to a variety of unique museums that capture the attention of visitors. From Africa's first ever Gangster Museum to Langa's historical Dompass Museum, the Cape Flats offers visitors a chance to discover, question and reflect on topics related to the area.
Popular Museums & Galleries!
LANGA HERITAGE MUSEUM
The little known Langa Township Heritage Museum or Dompas Museum was once a pass office and court in the apartheid era. "Dompas" quiet literally means dumb pass. During apartheid all black people outside the confines of their government designated areas were legally required to carry passbooks. Failure to produce one resulted in a fine, arrest, or deportment. The museum atmosphere is a mixture of abuse, sadness, defiance and triumph. You'll want to hear or read for yourself the individual stories.
DISTRICT 6 MUSEUM
District Six was named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867. Originally established as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants, District Six was a vibrant centre with close links to the city and the port.
On 11 February 1966 it was declared a white area under the Group Areas Act of 1950, and by 1982, the life of the community was over. More than 60 000 people were forcibly removed to barren outlying areas aptly known as the Cape Flats, and their houses in District Six were flattened by bulldozers.
The District Six Museum, established in December 1994, works with the memories of the District Six experience and with that of forced removals more generally.
The Bo-Kaap Museum, situated in the historic area that became home to many Muslims and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery, showcases local Islamic culture and heritage. The Bo-Kaap itself is well worth a visit. Colourful houses, steep cobbled streets, the muezzin’s calls to prayer, and children traditionally dressed for Madrassa, add to this unique Cape experience.
18 GANGSTER MUSEUM
18 Gangster Museum is the first of its kind in Cape Town. This innovative living museum aims to help South African youth to better understand the treacherous path that too many in their communities take into gangsterism and, ultimately, prison. More importantly, 18 Gangster Museum seeks to offer a positive alternative.
Incorporating immersive text and imagery and a replica prison cell, 18 Gangster Museum’s installations are curated by ex-offenders who share their real-life experiences of gangsterism and prison and how they turned their lives around.