Apartheid Museum

Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

Apartheid Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This museum is architecturally interesting and packed with thoughtful, often brutal, reminders of South Africa’s history.
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Ada L
Johannesburg, South Africa5 contributions
A Visit Through History
Apr 2021
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 us in the history of the apartheid error. Here was just so much to learn and increasing our knowledge of the apartheid museum is always an enjoyable experience.
Written 28 June 2021
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Rudi
Johannesburg, South Africa36 contributions
Propoganda at its best
Mar 2021 • Family
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.
Written 29 March 2021
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EileenWembley
Wembley, UK309 contributions
Amazing comprehensive museum
Jan 2021
We spent a couple of hours at the Apartheid Museum last week - beautifully laid out and easy to follow the route through it telling the story of Apartheid and after it. Even up-to-date with newspapers about Covid. We could have spent much longer - definitely the best museum to get an insight into the history of South Africa over the last 100 plus years. We combined this with a visit to Constitution Hill (the old Johannesburg prison and the Constitutional Court) and a TukTuk tour of Soweto. And feel we saw and learnt a lot about South Africa and its history and post-apartheid living there too!
All care is taking re Covid and the museum is very quiet - so a great time to visit as a local or a foreign visitor.
Written 23 January 2021
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Chris W
Peterborough, UK204 contributions
Amazing, historical and thought provoking
Feb 2020
An absolute must to learn about the history and events of South Africa past. Take your time reading all the stories, facts and watch the film clips. An amazing look into the life of the African people and the insight into Nelson Mandela among others. You can easily spend 2-3 hours here and there is a really good restaurant on sight for a break if you need it.
Written 20 September 2020
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Tokunbo Toriola
Igbo-Ora, Nigeria11 contributions
Family vacation in south Africa
Jun 2020 • Family
With my children, we were here August 2018 and the children enjoyed the story of Nelson Mandela walk to freedom and discovery of Gold in Johannesburg.
Written 18 June 2020
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gavinrey
South Africa5 contributions
exceptional
Feb 2020 • Family
great great. I loved it. very informative and tranquil. before covid19 it was fascinating to hear those stories
Written 12 June 2020
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abrey73
Johannesburg, South Africa11 contributions
Moving History
Mar 2020 • Couples
A very good museum about South Africa’s History back in the days.
There is an extra exhibition about Nelson Mandela within this museum, which I can highly recommend
Written 24 May 2020
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Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
Lisbon, Portugal1 669 contributions
A walk into the major events related with apartheid ...
Jan 2020
The 22 individual exhibit areas of this Museum cover all the major events and human stories that were part of the state orchestrated system of apartheid and the strugle to overthrough it. The courtyard of the Museum displays a number of pillars which stand for the seven values of the South African constitution, as well as life-size photographs of descendants of a wide racial diversity who came to Johannesburg in the aftermath of the discovery of gold in 1886. The entrance point of the Museum allows visitors to feel what it is to be discriminated by race, once there are two entrances, one of which is for white and the other for non-white. The whole experience of revisiting history can be painful but it certainly is a lesson for us all.
Written 15 May 2020
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Karim Badr
Cairo, Egypt48 contributions
An interesting storytelling experience
Jun 2019
a very interesting experience I had in Johannesburg in April 2019 , visiting this museum which tells the story of racial discrimination in South Africa and the struggle of African people to have equal rights with the white people .. a great story telling museum .. it allows visitors to experience the racial segregation that occurred during apartheid by separating them by racial appearance classified by the width of the nose, the kinks in hair, skin pigmentation, and size of lips as well as the language they spoke an most ultimately their race. The apartheid museum is a symbol of the democracy south Africa has and diversity which was granted to the whole country in 1994.
Written 5 May 2020
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Kjellaug T
Sandnes, Norway135 contributions
Mindblowing
Jun 2019
Here you really felt you were back in time. It started even at the entrance - where we would go separate ways through the entrance. Well worth spending some time here.
Written 4 May 2020
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