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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  • Great trip down history lane - very sad though to see the struggle of the apartheid hero’s - worth a visit for sure  more »
  • It is an experience to do, and the influx of people from all over the world testifies to it. We left the museum with a lump in our throats and we remained silent for a long time, thinking.  more »
  • Museum is well organized and presented. You can hit the highlights in 2 hours and go deeper in 3-4.. it is worth every minute if you want to understand SA history. Signposts lead you through the...  more »
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  • The museum is really well done and offers an incredible look into this really sad part of South African history. Also the currently running special exhibition of Nelson Mandela is totally worth visiting this place! By the way, there are a lot of safe parking possibilities right in front of the museum. You can easily go there by your own (rental) car if you have one.
  • Very well set up and set out museum. The walk through tells a story through South African history. Give yourself atleast 3 hours to really engage with each exhibit to get a full view and understanding of our history.
  • Take the kids there so they can learn about our history. Plus side is it doesn't really get full so you won't have to stand in long queues or anything. Before taking them to the amusement park just quickly pop by the museum while their brains are still excited and full of energy then send them off to get terrified 😅
  • Don't miss this moving account of / tribute to the decades-long struggle to end Apartheid, and the life and career of Nelson Mandela. In museum terms, it's pretty old school, with little interactivity. Still it gives a visceral sense of the cruelty and suffering inflicted by, and the courage and intelligence required to overcome, mountains of hate. Give it lots of time, at least several hours. The layout is confusing, and doesn't seem to follow a chronological sequence. There's lots to read, see, and hear. Fittingly, the Apartheid Museum is located in Soweto, which played a key role and is worth exploring.
  • Moving. Touching. You could spend hours here. Give yourself a good two hours. Mandela’s exhibit was fantastic. And be sure to watch the movie toward the entrance that talks about the history of SA and the tribal uprisings.
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