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"Apartheid museum" Apartheid Museum Tip by Gard

Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg: 18 reviews and 22 photos

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by Gard

When growing up I remember seeing news stories on TV about a South Africa ruled by the apartheid government. In 1990 Nelson Mandela was finally released from Robben Island after 27 years in prison, he won the Nobel Peace Prize together with Frederik Willem de Klerk in 1993 and won the first free elections in 1994. The Apartheid museum is located right next to Gold Reef City. The entrance is pretty clever…it is split in two entrances: one for the ‘whites’ and one for the ‘non-whites’. To start with you get a bit of information about the race classification in the old regime. From there on we went through the museum to look at life (for both sides) under the old regime, about the homelands, about the Soweto uprising etc.

The museum didn't look that big when we arrived but you need some time to go through the museum. We got there a bit late and before we knew it, it was 5 pm and we got “kicked out” of the place. You probably need 2-3 hours to go through the museum. I think we paid 25 Rand per person to get into the museum. Some of the videos in the museum showed the Soweto uprising and how the police went about to control the situation. I guess when you see how brutal the police were in some situations it is easy to understand that the police still have a bit of a bad reputation in South Africa. And I guess it also shows that it will take some time for the wounds to heal and for the country to move on. The museum web page on contains more information on the exhibitions, the history, other places of interest etc.

Address: Northern Parkway & Gold Reef Road, Johannesburg
Directions: Right next to Gold Reef City
Phone: +27 (0)11 309 4700

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 24, 2005
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