Hector Pieterson Museum, Johannesburg

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Pay your respects to the Soweto schoolchildren killed in the 1976 uprising at Hector Pieterson Museum, dedicated to a young boy slain during the protests. Established in 2002, the museum houses a collection of relics, documents, photos, and videos from the uprising, detailing the role of high-school students in the fight for freedom. View the monument adjacent to the museum, built in the early 1990s and featuring the iconic photo of Pieterson, carried by another boy after being shot by the police. Add Hector Pieterson Museum to your Johannesburg travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Johannesburg trip itinerary planning app.
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  • Worth it to experience and remember the struggles South Africa have gone through and to an extent are still going through.  more »
  • A well preserved historical account of extreme brutality against black youth, especially primary and secondary school children who seek to preserve their rights and voices in peaceful manner. Such...  more »
  • This was a great museum for understanding the history and background of why the school age children marched and why the police elected to shoot into the crowds. They recently underwent installations....  more »
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  • I couldn't stay inside the Museum for very long owing to the upset it caused me. It was seeing the huge truck they drove into the crowds of young protesters that really made me cry. Anyone who lived through the 80s may recall the photo of Hector Pieterson, the dead child being carried by another child through the streets of Soweto. It's an iconic photo of that decade. The Museum exhibits are quite moving and do an excellent job of placing you right in the epicenter of the youth led Soweto uprising.
  • Thought-provoking, painful yet powerful place. The History of South Africa is a sad reality amd this place is a must see for everyone, regardless of race. Like I said, it's painful but beautifully captured and really transports you back to those days. Unfortunately, no photography inside (apparently) so you can really be in the moment and think about the impact of the past, and hope for a better tomorrow. The best part of it is that you can opt for a solo walk through so you can really take your time reading everything and watching all the black-and-white retro documentaries.
  • When visiting Johannesburg, give this place a visit. Will give you an idea of how the 1976 student uprising started. Helpful tour guides that gives full explanations of the site. Very interesting.
  • The feeling I got when I arrived there is to this day something I can't explain. It's like I could feel the struggle that went down on that day. Looking at the picture carved on the rock and looking around seeing youth walking around freely enjoying their time I could see what that youth was fighting for. I'm grateful for their sacrifices. RIP to the youth who died in the 1976 uprising.
  • Emotional memorial which makes you take stock of where we come from as a nation. How far we have come and how much further we still need to go. I took my parents and, my kids and my nephew who fully appreciated the museum. Their presentation is impeccable, you relive a horrid period in our lives. A pivotal period of what transpired on 16 June 1976. It was my second visit and I know I will go again to share our history with more friends, family and my International visitors who also appreciated the institution. Visit it and try understand or remind yourself who we are. Teach those who don't know. Our history is shared to build us as a people and remind us not to repeat it. We should ALL own it.

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