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Kwa Muhle Museum

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Address: 130 Ordnance Rd, Durban, South Africa
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+27 31 311 2233

This is Durban’s evocative and graphic apartheid museum and includes an...

This is Durban’s evocative and graphic apartheid museum and includes an interesting beer brewing and distribution exhibit.

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Apartheid story of Andrew Zondo and great AID/HIV exhibition

Small place, worth the trip to learn about what happened in Durban towards ending Apartheid. Also an excellent exhibit about HIV/AIDS and TB in South Africa and what is being done... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small place, worth the trip to learn about what happened in Durban towards ending Apartheid. Also an excellent exhibit about HIV/AIDS and TB in South Africa and what is being done and how it is working.

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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has been around for years, and really provides an interesting and well-curated experience, both for the permanent and temporary exhibitions. Deals with the lived reality of locals under the pass system and racist apartheid laws.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

My guidebook prepared me not to expect too much of this museum. Good thing because while it was interesting and worth seeing, it didn't really teach me much that I didn't already know. It was interesting to see how apartheid caused suffering in Durban but was not as meaningful as going to Robben Island, for example.

Thank DougS51
Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

I was surprised to find a whole room taken up by HIV education. One member of staff not very helpful and unable to explain the HIV exhibit. Another member of staff found asleep in a lecture room, she was very indignant at being disturbed! From all the museums visited Durban appears to playing up Apartheid and is not paying any... More 

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Reviewed 9 January 2017

We visited as part of a walking tour and found a very informative museum with a detailed exhibitions on HIV and Apartheid. A small museum that will not take a huge amount of time to explore but an important part of Durban's history.

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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 12 May 2016

This is the place to go if you want to learn about how Blacks were treated if they want to get permit to seek work in Durban during the apartheid era between 1910 to 1975.

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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 March 2016

I took a visitor from Norway to this museum an felt VERY let down. The staff didn't even seem to notice that we were there. No friendly greetings, no informative help, just nothing. The displays were also very rundown.... Durban can and should do a better job of this very important museum!

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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 January 2016

Despite checking websites - and the board outside - were dropped off here to find it was closed on New Year's Eve (which is a normal working day).

Thank foxjenny
Westville, South Africa
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Reviewed 10 January 2016

This trip gives a great idea of how bad the segregation was during the apartheid times in South Africa. From bars to taxis to dompasses, this museum bares it all perfectly.

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Reviewed 2 January 2016

I found this small museum to be very interesting and gave a good understanding of apartheid. The photos were intense illustrations of what went on during that time. One display which I keep remembering is a huge (6 foot) blow up of the passport all blacks had to have on their persons at all times. Each page was reproduced so... More 

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