Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

4.5
To better understand the rich and turbulent history of South Africa, pay a visit to Apartheid Museum. Founded in 2001, the museum explores the system of imposed racial segregation implement during the apartheid era. You can spend hours wandering the 22 spacious exhibits narrating the story of oppression, racial tension, and the struggle for freedom. A plethora of items, photos, videos, and written materials paint an extensive picture of the tyranny that the black majority in South Africa endured for much of the 20th century. Make Apartheid Museum a centerpiece of your Johannesburg vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Johannesburg trip itinerary maker app .
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  • You should visit the Museum if it is in Johannesburg. Before that is a large car park. Already when you come to the Museum, it is routed through a separate section based on his ticket as either "Black" or "White". In the museum itself, the entire bad history of apartheid is impressively documented by photographs, video recordings and information panels. At the time, special exhibition is also a Nelson Mandela. We are in the rule "Quick Watcher" were but what was well 2 hours in the Museum, but also a little due to the somewhat chaotic building. Due to this design only 4 out of 5 stars. Otherwise really worth seeing! Please enough time schedule.
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  • This museum is a must-see, rewarding for the history of the country, but a bit long for children. Too bad we did not have audio helmets during the visit to translate certain subjects. Welcoming.
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  • A must if you come to Johannesburg and are the least interested in the history of South Africa and apartheid. Intriguing architecture and fascinating exhibition. Lots to read, but still worked with ou...  more »
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  • Wow! One of the BEST museums I've been to. There's only so much of a people's story that can be fitted on a wall. Despite the limitations, this museum puts in a tremendous, unapologetic attempt and the stories are both breathtaking and heart wrenching. It's not an easy story, but it is told with sincerity. The photography on display is amazing!!! A note that you cannot take pictures once you are inside the museum. There's lots to see and a lot of reading if you would like to find out more beyond what the very expressive photography displays. I wished for more time and no kids, to savor the amazing history.
  • One of the world's most important museums. It leads people through a powerful and emotional experience of the state-sanctioned system of racial discrimination and the path to justice of confronting of the oppression. This museum sheds light on what life was like under apartheid. The exhibits are brilliantly curated in a beautiful and haunting space.
  • One of the best museums I've ever visited. Definitely takes you back to those gruesome times. While providing a balanced and informative view of the how, when and why. Definitely plan at least four hours for it though!
  • It’s one of the most amazing and strong memory museums that I’ve ever visited. It gives you a clear idea of the context of apartheid plus an overall recent history of South Africa. For anyone interested in memory institutions this is a must see venue in Johannesburg. In my personal opinion and experience you need at least 3 to 4 hours to visit the permanent exhibition.
  • You might get emotional here. It’s a sad part of history that most would want to forget. But knowing this piece of history will ensure that we don’t go back to treating each other like “those” days. A must visit. There’s a restaurant on site. Choose a chicken burger from their menu, it was really delicious.
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