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Address: Northern Parkway (and Gold Reef Road) | Ormonde (next to Gold Reef City casino), Johannesburg, South Africa
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This museum is architecturally interesting and packed with thoughtful,...

This museum is architecturally interesting and packed with thoughtful, often brutal, reminders of South Africa’s history.

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Full-Day Soweto City Tour with Apartheid Museum
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Apartheid Museum Tour from Johannesburg
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Apartheid Museum Tour in Johannesburg

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This is an extensive museum very well presented. It is an excellent educational experience. However, we did find the layout a little confusing as themes were somewhat mixed up... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is an extensive museum very well presented. It is an excellent educational experience. However, we did find the layout a little confusing as themes were somewhat mixed up. We would have been pleased to have learnt more about how the Dutch Reformed Church had justified Apartheid and how it managed to support it for so long. Also, the role... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Even though I don't usually like museum and get bored quickly, we spent two hours in the apartheid museum and could have stayed at least two hours more, but we had to rush for the Soweto tour. The museum sets the mood at the very beginning by having two entrances, one for whites and one for non Europeans... Tons of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very graphic history of apartheid in South Africa shown with many photographs, films and recordings from that time.

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Before going in I was getting a photo in front of the building when an African woman came and joined my white but in the picture...CROSS CULTURAL MUTUAL HAPPY PARTY BEGAN! Once inside you were given the choice of the very experiance of what it would have been like as a white or black person back in the day. A... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I spend 3 hours a museum with my girl we where both very impressed as the museum tells and hard story in very captivating and informative way the whole museum has a new built facet and guid you thourgh the whole story i can highly recommend it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I recommend devoting this visit plenty of time to relish the plunge into the rich and overwhelming South African history. It is an incredible experience!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

While the Apartheid Museum is interesting and full of history, it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. Worth a visit though

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Not knowing the detailed history behind this social injustice, the visit to the museum was a tremendous introduction. There's so much material that it almost requires several visits to study each of the time periods. We especially enjoyed the architecture and the layout of the museum, which had the overall feeling of a series of jail chutes. We also felt... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a deeply disturbing experience and you will emerge shaken but profoundly moved. Coming from India, a country that has suffered unimaginable excesses under colonial rule, it was doubly disturbing for me. But the fact that such a museum exists and the horrors of apartheid have been documented so fittingly, gives me hope too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The three hours we spent in this museum is well worth it. Although there were a lot of times when it really felt heavy in the chest going through the sections .

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