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 .
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Apartheid Museum
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Apartheid Museum Tours
View more tours
Apartheid Museum Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
5,227 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • Walking through the museum you get a sense of what the experience was like back then....a definate must for all those with young kids  more »
  • No trip to Johannesburg would be complete without a visit to this museum. There is a lot to read and a lot to see, so you need plenty of time. I found it a bit confusing flowing the flow of numbers in...  more »
  • The Apartheid Museum has a collection Rico and organized, a good shop (without wi-fi when I went) and organized environment. It is not allowed to take pictures in your interior. Brings together permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. We went with the City sight seeing, even gives discount on admission.
    View original
Google
  • 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.
Places to stay near Apartheid Museum

Plan your trip to Johannesburg

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Apartheid Museum by other users

8 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Johannesburg & Pietermaritzburg BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in Greater Johannesburg BY A USER FROM GERMANY January, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Johannesburg BY A USER FROM NIGERIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA July, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM GERMANY February, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 2 days in Pretoria BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA November, beaches, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Johannesburg BY A USER FROM NIGERIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Johannesburg BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 3 days in Cape Town & Johannesburg BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in South Africa BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA March, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in Johannesburg BY A USER FROM NIGERIA December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans