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“Excellent display of the Apartheid nightmare”
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Apartheid Museum
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Apartheid Museum Tour from Johannesburg
Ranked #2 of 136 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 April 2018

Amazingly curated, this museum tells the history of Apartheid in a straightforward manner, trying to cover most of the oppression from every angle.One of the best museums I've ever visited.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

This is an absolute must do! To understand South Africa’s history, you can’t get a more detailed account of it than what’s at the Apartheid Museum.
In some places, the layout is a little wrong as the information doesn’t flow, but the quality of the information, the pictures, quotes, and stories are simply amazing.
To have had such a troubled past, and to start to heal the divides of the countries citizens, it’s all laid before you.
Be mindful though, this is a very full frontal topic. There’s no sugar coating of the facts. It’s raw and will take a good 2.5-3hrs minimum to complete. My wife and I did it in just over 3hrs, and we certainly didn’t read every piece of information available.
My only complaint is the lack of flow to the story the museum tells. There were times when we had to double back to find the previous chapter so to speak. An example of this is the Nelson Mandela exhibition. Is a bit chop’n’change which is slightly annoying.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 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).

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 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

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

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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