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Apartheid Museum

Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd, Ormonde, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
| +27 11 309 4700
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Apartheid Museum Johannesburg  South Africa
Apartheid (Apart Hate) Museum Johannesburg  South Africa
Jumping the gigantic stairs at the Apartheid Museum Johannesburg  South Africa
Apartheid Museum Johannesburg  South Africa
Apartheid (Apart Hate) Museum Johannesburg  South Africa
Jumping the gigantic stairs at the Apartheid Museum Johannesburg  South Africa

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Sun - Sat 9am - 5pm

Apartheid Museum

Opened in 2001, the Apartheid Museum powerfully—and extensively—documents the rise and fall of racial segregation in South Africa. Constructed on a 16-acre plot of land, the museum features a unique design—as you head through the gates, for example, you’ll notice separate entrances for whites and blacks. It’s quite an interesting way to start your voyage through the history of apartheid. The back gardens were designed by Patrick Watson and feature an impressive sculpture by William Kentridge. For anyone wanting to better understand apartheid, a visit to this moving museum is a must when in Johannesburg.

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AFAR Founder
over 4 years ago

View of the CBD from the Apartheid Museum

Outside the back of the Apartheid Museum, they have a beautiful patch of Highveld with a pretty good view of the Joburg skyline. Of course, you also get the roller coaster from Gold Reef City...
AFAR Staff
over 4 years ago

Apartheid Museum grounds

The interior of the Apartheid Museum is powerful and sobering, but step outside in to the adjacent 'veld' (Afrikaans for 'field') and you'll lose yourself in the equally powerful beauty of the landscape.
AFAR Ambassador
over 4 years ago

Apartheid (Apart Hate) Museum

Visiting the Apartheid Museum is a haunting, but essential experience to understand South Africa's recent history. It is one of the most powerful museums I have been to. Although at times deeply shocked with the insane inhumanity of it all, I left with newfound compassion for the South African people, and hope for the country. The museum's tagline nails it: 'Apartheid is exactly where it belongs–in a museum'. Don't rush your visit. There's much to see, experience and learn.

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." –Nelson Mandela 
over 4 years ago

Jumping the gigantic stairs at the Apartheid Museum

Our kids adored this museum for its outside features, which allowed my husband and me time to split up and take in the deeper insides. Trading off is a great way for families traveling the world with young kids to fully enjoy and appreciate the travel- when museums like the Apartheid Museum exist, with their clever landscaping and well crafted exhibits, this is all the easier. Our kids did take in some of the greater messages as well, and did so without complaint as they were able to take breaks to have fun.
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