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Hector Pieterson Museum

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Address: 8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 11 536 2253

This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren slain...

This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren slain in a police massacre in 1976.

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A very intense experience

As soon as I walked into this museum, I felt an intense emotional reaction as I was faced with the photos and witness accounts of the student uprising on June 16, 1976 which... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Pennington, New Jersey
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Pennington, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As soon as I walked into this museum, I felt an intense emotional reaction as I was faced with the photos and witness accounts of the student uprising on June 16, 1976 which culminated in the death of Hector Pieterson. This is a multimedia experience, which includes photos, artistic works, audio, video and actual items recovered from the uprising the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

For a few extra rand our guide snuck us in the back when the Museum was closed! Apart from having to keep away from the windows so we weren't spotted by any security guards outside, we had the place to ourselves. It's a very impressive, informative presentation of the history surrounding apartheid. Highly recommended.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A no holds barred account of the riots and infights surrounding the apartheid story that engulfs Johannesburg and lays bare the truth.

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Benicia, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I am embarrassed to admit my ignorance about the Soweto uprising, as I was alive and attending university in the USA in 1976. The tragic history of Apartheid came alive for me in our tour of Soweto, and the museum was extremely enlightening. Although we didn't have enough time to read everything nor to watch all of the video footage,... More 

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Fairfield, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Hector Pieterson Museum drives home the depth of the apartheid struggle, to the level of young children. It is an yet another piece of the apartheid movement and a reminder to never forget or give up

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Emotional visit, but a must see. Take your time to read and interact with the guide. There is so much of history here, that it will leave you inspired with what has been achirved.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This museum was part of a larger tour around Joburg and Soweto. It provides a lot of detail on the struggle against apartheid and how children were at the heart of it. There is quite a bit of reading. I'm very glad I went. I will admit to feeling very depressed after leaving it, but it is a must-do. Once... More 

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Jamshedpur, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The museum is nicely done and explains several things that happened in the past. It was an eye opener for the visitors from outside SA to know about the history and struggle of apartheid movement.

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Ho Ho Kus, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We had not heard of the museum until our private guide took us here during our Visit to Soweto. The museum is very well done and explains many things that took place back in the 70's that were not fully covered in US news. Such a sad story about the young man killed and the young gentleman that carried his... More 

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Dupont, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I went to this museum as part of a tour of Johannesburg and Soweto. It was a great museum that is in the heart of Soweto and explains the history of that township. I found Soweto as a very interesting place where people are full of hope and proud of their history. The museum helped me to understand why that... More 

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