Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

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To better understand the rich and turbulent history of South Africa, pay a visit to Apartheid Museum. Founded in 2001, the museum explores the system of imposed racial segregation implement during the apartheid era. You can spend hours wandering the 22 spacious exhibits narrating the story of oppression, racial tension, and the struggle for freedom. A plethora of items, photos, videos, and written materials paint an extensive picture of the tyranny that the black majority in South Africa endured for much of the 20th century. Make Apartheid Museum a centerpiece of your Johannesburg vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Johannesburg trip itinerary maker app .
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  • This museum does a superb job of laying out the realities and horrors of the apartheid regime. One leaves there with a solid appreciation of the events and people who championed the cause of non white...  more »
  • Exhibition is not easy to navigate and the staff do there best to help. It is interesting and most exhibits are well presented although I found it overall to be very one sided, not that I'm saying tha...  more »
  • This museum presents the rise and fall of the Apartheid regime. The architectural ensemble covers 7 hectares and is a superb example of design. It is a great Museum. Throughout the tour, we are given information on Apartheid and the life of Nelson Mandela.Il's pictures, videos, posters and all kinds of means to inform us. Too bad, can't take pictures inside the walls.
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  • If you haven’t been to the Apartheid Museum, put it on your list for your next weekend adventure. What an incredibly put together walk through of our history. Informative and touching. The pictures are moving and some quite haunting. We did this as part of a Stop on the City Sightseeing bus tour but I will be back to spend more time.
  • Emotionally very intense; it's heartbreaking to read and go through the museum, but at the same time it gives you an amazing idea of how that heartbreak doesn't even start to compare with the difficulty and atrocities South Africans endured. Very well designed and curated museum. I would recommend taking 3-4 hours to see all of it. As a small side note, I would perhaps not visit with small kids as there's a lot of text and it's heavy. Superb museum.
  • We have been here a couple of times and it is excellent, but very, very emotional. The set up is very good and it is very well done as you walk through the trauma of apartheid. Absolutely unbelievable! I was very moved and overwhelmed by it all to say the least. We stared incredulously at the initial plaque which was showing the reclassification of different colour groups from on category to another and just couldn’t believe it and how this could have happened. It was also very good to have experienced this with my wife and family and for us all to have done this together. I went through as a black (although I am white) and they went through as white (although they are black and coloured). Very friendly and helpful staff and excellent service. Thank you Mandela 😊🤗😘. JGT
  • Even as a South African, I find endless interest in learning about the history of my country from different perspectives. Especially being able to feel the confinement and isolation of both the inside cell and island cell. It creates a lasting impression with me each time I visit.
  • The museum is good and big I kind got lost in there, because I didn't knew where to start first. If you just was want to look at it, you will spend 2 hours, for a more informative museum visit you should spend between 3 and 4 hours. They have a safe parking lot in the area, it is also good to know that is free.

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