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Review of Apartheid Museum

Apartheid Museum
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Apartheid Museum Tour from Johannesburg
Ranked #4 of 187 things to do in Johannesburg
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Owner description: This museum is architecturally interesting and packed with thoughtful, often brutal, reminders of South Africa’s history.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located next door to the Gold City Reef amusement park, this is an essential museum to visit when visiting Johannesburg for anyone wanting to understand the history of Apartheid.

The museum is fairly large, so 2-4 hrs should be allowed to get round it. Many props including tanks and nooses from the apartheid era are on display inside, bringing the harrowing reality of some of the horrors faced during apartheid to life.

Visit the museum in addition to Mandela’s House & the Hector Peterson museum, which are located about 10km away in Soweto (20 mins drive).

Thank The-Midlander
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

History should be told using all various means of communication, and the Apartheid Museum did this.

I visited the museum on Easter Sunday, perfect as it was

Recommends to allow 2.5hrs - there is a lot of wall reading to be done.

There are special tour groups I think. Private English tours stumbled around me, I found it hard to concentrate and take in all the informations when the guides where speaking and sharing the stories with the private groups.

There was also a school/uni tripping through the museum when I was there, so no less Ros at but it was busy.

It is a well designed building and the intentions are meaningful. Personally I found it a difficult museum to follow the flow of the story as the story (and story boards) were jumping around in years and people very frequently. No signs to point in the direction one should go/follow either.

At the end of it I spent roughly 1.5hrs and didn’t read everything.

Several washroom facilities and very clean
Museum shop - limited stock
Cafe - service was very good
No free wifi

1  Thank ZaraIam
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think this should be a mandatory stop for anyone that has a sense of humanity and conciousness.I wish that could have been allowed to take pictures.Not for myself,but to give exposure to the place to my personal friends.And to spread the word to those that I know on social media.People need to know how far this country has come.Make time to see the short films that are there.

Thank Joseph J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worthwhile stop for tourists. Comprehensive coverage of the history with many displays. I walked around by myself and got a good sense of things, but do wonder if tour would have been better

Thank Nadine B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my 2nd visit to the Apartheid Museum and it still was not enough time. You really need 2 full days to absorb all of the information that is provided. Make sure you get a museum guide upon entering as it provides a 1 hour, 2 hour, (or longer) to help navigate your visit based on your time availability. The guide also has a chronological map to help you see pre and post apartheid history and is comprehensive and extensive in nature. There are also plenty of visual aids (I.e. films, TV footage clippings) throughout the exhibits to provide a visual snapshot of key dates and pivotal points of Apartheid. Educational and interesting visit!

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