Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

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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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  • Closed for a long time due to corona virus. Sadly because apparently it is excellent. The hop-on-hop-off bus is a good option to see lots of other things.  more »
  • We had a free day the week of our the first week of travel to Soweto and decided to visit the apartheid museum. We have spent quite a long time (probably around 3 - 4 hours) exploring and educating...  more »
  • I'm honestly not a fan of the museum cause it's a politcal propoganda tool. I'll always advice to research stuff you see in these kind of museums.  more »
  • Own of the best and only places you'll have to visit while in Johannesburg. If you like history or would like to learn more about South Africa's past this is definitely a must go. You can easily spend 3 to 5 hours here reading, listening, watching and walking around - there a lot of content to go through. There's also a place to get food within the museum.
  • It is very interesting in principle and it s huge, so it is not possible to read everything. The point not.in favour is that the museum is not well organized because the information are presented in a very dispersive way and it s not clear in what order to read and follow the things presented at the walls because they don't indicate it. At the moment there is an additional temporary exhibition about Nelson Mandela which is very nice and to see!
  • If you are a visitor to South Africa or even a local, take the time to visit the Apartheid museum in Johannesburg. A journey through our history, the atrocities, the challenges, the courage, the victories and the courageous people instrumental in bringing about change to South Africa in a dark time. Visuals, audio and film of every aspect of our history. Well set out and presented. You will need a good few hours to wind through the museum and take it all in. One issue we found was that while accompanying a sight challenged person, there needs to be a headset setup that they can take in all the literature displayed in a format that works for them. Well worth the visit.
  • So sad to imagine that all of this happened in real life. I was on the verge of losing hope for humanity and the spirit that drives mankind when I visited this site, but for the hope, the courage, and the strength that Nelson Mandela represents. I'm amazed that someone who had passed through so much is the same one who turned around to lead reconciliation, preaching unity in diversity. I still think the whites owe Africans genuine remorse and a rebuilding of mankind, human personality, human dignity and a restoration of the walls and soul of the Africa that was destroyed centuries ago. Africa needs a rebirth!
  • Massive is the word to describe this place. It gives you a perspective on how different groups lived in South Africa. The realization of what it was like to live in segregation. Restrictions applied to every aspect of life in South Africa. The permanent exhibition of Nelson Mandela and what he achieved in his life is definitely the highlight in the Museum. The bookshop with gifts is worth a visit as well.

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