School visit request form

Donor: Ruth Cookson

Bookings at a glace

Individuals and small groups 

Groups of ten or larger 

School groups    

Please note that group bookings are not private tours. Other visitors might join your group.

School visit request form


Complete this form to book a visit to the District Six Museum




School group details

The preferred maximum size for school groups is 30. For bigger groups we propose multiple visits or parallel sessions on the same day



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Group 3



Help us to know who you are

This information will help us to adapt and pitch our programmes appropriately.



Even though the Museum strives to keep school entrance fees as low as possible by absorbing some of the actual costs, many schools are still not in a position to afford this. If your school community is in a position to subsidise a visit by learners from under-resourced schools, please consider doing so. It would be much appreciated.



The general guided visit consists of a one hour encounter with an ex-resident storyteller. An age-appropriate scavenger hunt or exhibition discovery activity can be included on request.
One or more of the following ex-resident storytellers will be assigned to your group(s):

Mr Noor Ebrahim
Mr Joe Schaffers
Ms Ruth Jeftha
Mr Aboebarker Brown
Ms Susan Lewis
Ms Farahnaaz Gilfelleon
Mr Moegammat Benjamin

Customised Programmes:

These are designed based on the needs of your group, and a pre-meeting is required for this. A larger pool of ex-resident storytellers are drawn on for customised programmes. Please see options below.


Lunch at The District Six Museum Homecoming Centre

School learners are welcome to bring their own lunch and space can be arranged for a lunch break at the Homecoming Centre. Refreshments fo all visits and workshops can be arranged on request.
Contact Chantal Delilie: 21 466 7200


Preparing for your visit

Pre-visit meetings can be arranged by telephone or face-to-face .


Large Groups (more than 100)

Leaders of groups larger than 100 learners need to arrange a pre-visit meeting with the Museum's Education Department. ***Meetings are only possible from Tuesday to Friday between 9 and 4pm and occasionally on Saturdays.



General information to help you request an appropriate visit for your group

  • Entrance: Learners from the African continent – R5; learners from other countries – R15 
  • All workshops, learning journeys and customised programmes are negotiable and may be arranged to include weekends.
  • Special requests for interviews with ex-residents of District Six and other sites of forced removals must be made at least a month in advance and are not guaranteed.
  • When you have completed the request form please save the document and return to

A visit is only confirmed when you receive a confirmation letter with your booking details!

School programme details

A. General guided visit

(approximately 1 hour)

This includes time for a 15 or 20 minute walk through the Museum as a well as question and answer session with the storyteller.

#1 Noor’s story: My pigeons come home

Noor Ebrahim is a founding member and storyteller of the District Six
Museum. He will start out by speaking about his life in District Six and the
impact of the forced removals on his family. He will support his talk with photographs from his personal album and his book of life in District Six before, during and after the destruction.

#2 Joe’s story: The Colour of my Skin

Joe Schaffers is a former resident, Cape Town sports and music
personality. He will start your visit off with a talk about his take on the
social and psychological effect forced removals had on families in District Six. His DVD, ‘The colour of my skin’ can be viewed in the memorial hall or on request at the Homecoming Centre.

#3 Susan’s Story

Susan Lewis was born in 1943 at the well-known Peninsula Maternity Hospital in District Six. She was the sixth of a large family of nine children. Their home was at 183 Caledon Street, and St Mark’s Church was a large part of her life, growing up. Susan has been living back in District Six since 2005, being a successful claimant as part of the land restitution process. In her story she reflects on removal, resilience and return.

#4 Farahnaaz’s Story

Farahnaaz Gilfelleon was born in April of 1955 in District Six. She has fond childhood memories of growing up in the District with her school years having a special place in her life. In addition, she had an active extramural life and attended modern dancing and ballet classes. In her story Farahnaaz talks about life before removals, and shares some of her experiences of living in the township of Hanover Park which came into being as a result of Apartheid legislation.

#5 Moegammat’s Story

Moegammat Benjamin’s fun-loving approach to life during his youth has persisted into his adult life. Despite the trauma of being forcibly removed, his story reveals the resilience that so many people like him and his family, displayed in the face of adversity. He speaks of the central role that music played in his life, and he sang and danced with the ‘klopse’ (minstrels) from the tender age of six. He loved going to parties with friends, and particularly enjoyed dancing in drag.

B. Feature programmes

#1 Re-imagining the City

This interactive role-play involves a series of activities that are sparked by tasks and scenarios to guide participants through a journey that deals with notions of return and re-imagining community. Participants will essentially learn about racism, Apartheid, about all the entities involved in the land restitution process, and the Museum’s approach to engaging communities through storytelling and creativity. This can be a half-day, full-day or a series of longer production workshops. This is funding dependent but schools can negotiate rates to make this possible.

#2 Never, Never Again

 This is a walk or drive through the heart of District Six punctuated by short walks that include both iconic sites such as the historic Hanover Street as well as more contemporary spaces such as the one proposed for the development of a Memorial Park. For the driving version of this engagement, schools need to provide their own transport.
This is a two-hour experience and includes a roundtable Q & A session at the Museum’s Homecoming Centre.

C. Customised Programmes:

Scavenger Hunts, Bioscope, Buckingham Palace, Learning Journeys

Please contact the Museum for more details, or schedule a planning meeting with the Museum’s Education Department to discuss the various options.

D. Research and Skills Development


Oral Histories, Digital Stories

Please contact the Museum for more details, or schedule a planning meeting with the Museum’s Education Department to discuss the various options.