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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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  • The big red hop on/hop off bus takes you directly to the Apartheid Museum and is the easiest way to get there. When you buy your entrance ticket you are given a ticket that says "white" or... 
    The big red hop on/hop off bus takes you directly to the Apartheid Museum and is the easiest way to get there. When you buy your entrance ticket you are given a ticket that says "white" or...  more »
  • This museum is really well done - I could have spent much more time there than I had available (museum closes at 5). I learned so much about the history of South Africa and the misery that was... 
    This museum is really well done - I could have spent much more time there than I had available (museum closes at 5). I learned so much about the history of South Africa and the misery that was...  more »
  • Finally we were able to see this museum as it was closed in Nov/Dec 2021 due to COVID and then wasn't open the days were were in JNB in the summer of 2022. The museum is easily a full day for anyone.....  more
    Finally we were able to see this museum as it was closed in Nov/Dec 2021 due to COVID and then wasn't open the days were were in JNB in the summer of 2022. The museum is easily a full day for anyone.....  more »
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  • Very, very interesting and eye opening experience for us at the Apartheid Museum. We went there as part of a private tour and only allotted two hours. So, unfortunately we only made it until 1970 before having to depart. We recommend four hours to see everything included. We were a group of two visiting on a weekday so there was no lines, not very busy and no need to buy tickets in advance. We really enjoyed our time here and would recommend visiting when you travel to Johannesburg.
  • Museum is very well done and artistic too. Great transition though history in South Africa. I did this on a day Joburg tour, 2 hours is sufficient to see everything and read. Goes well with visiting Soweto too, the township that is a key example of segregation, separation laws, and racism. Temporary exhibits on Mandela and Tutu are wonderful right now. No pictures to be taken inside. Right next to Gold Reef in case you also want to visit a casino and amusement park. Note, it is open 5 days a week now, so check the schedule.
  • One of the top 20 best curated Museum in the world 🌎 focusing particularly on the horrific atrocities of the Apartheid Era in South Africa. A mix of video clips, audio clips, print articles & real artifacts to depict the narrative in chronological order for your convenience. Wheelchair friendly spaces. A restaurant for you to take a break & have coffee with a sandwich or slice of cake. The museum shop has loads of of books, apparel & souvenirs to purchase.
  • A must in Joburg. Only open Thursday to Sunday and bank holidays, we were lucky to be there on Easter Monday. You have to see this museum to help you understand/recollect/refresh your memory of this insane period in time. I was sickened. I left the museum twice to get air. I left the visit with dark clouds over my head, so I suppose that can give you an idea of just how good this museum actually is. Photos inside the museum are forbidden, but my link with accessibility forced me to take one photo ... "For every person that died, three people were left with a disability..." This just added to my dark clouds.
  • Jaw-dropping experience. As someone who never knew about the apartheid till I was much older and having read a lot about it only recently from my visit, I have to say this cleared all questions I had about it. Never again must we revert to these primitive methods of living and always ensure that the South Africans have the democracy they all yearn for & deserve. I especially enjoyed the Nelson Mandela exhibition, where you really live through his experiences. Highly recommended!

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