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Apartheid Museum

Address: Northern Parkway (and Gold Reef Road) | Ormonde (next to Gold Reef City casino), Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone Number: 27 11 309 4700
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Type: History museums, Specialty museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum is architecturally interesting and packed with...
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Type: History museums, Specialty museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This museum is architecturally interesting and packed with thoughtful, often brutal, reminders of South Africa’s history.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

A must for all who want to understand modern South africa. It enables a look at the real cost to so many but the efforts both sides have put in to reconciliation. Not enough space.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

For tourist, this is a most interesting place to visit when in Gauteng. Interesting fact of past History of South Africa. Well arranged. Close to Johannesburg Central & Casino.

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Canada
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500 helpful votes 500 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

going back after visiting several years ago, I was disappointed because on arrival there was no power. This is not the museums fault but be aware when making plans, perhaps call ahead. All part of the electrical problem in South Africa.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

All the info is here - if you have the time and attention capacity to take it all in. Very well organised and highly informative. It is one of those places you could go back to 10 times over and learn something new every time.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Rich with the history of the troubled era of apartheid. At a reasonable pace you can complete a tour of this museum in about 2 hours. Outside there is a restaurant where you can enjoy refreshments.

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Congleton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My wife and I visited the Apartheid Museum during a stay in Johannesburg and were very interested in getting a full picture on the apartheid years. We would echo the comments others have made on the site about the overuse of big boards with loads of written information. By the time I was half way round I felt that I... More 

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Illinois
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We had a short stay in Joburg, so we hopped on the city tour bus to make our way to the museum. It was interesting learning the history of South Africa and Nelson Mandela; however, the opening video wasn't being show that day (or was broken), and the museum is not very interactive. I had to use the restroom before... More 

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ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Really very interesting. As well as the main focus on Apartheid and the struggle against it, there was sections on general South African history. Also a temporary exhibition on Nelson Mandela and his life. To do this museum justice, you would really want to go on 2 separate days. I was there for 2 hours, and I would have needed... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Real first hand insight into the spoils of discrimination, the plight of inhumane seggregation and oppression, and forced supremacy.. Enlightening to see how a nation stood for their rights, gained world support for democracy and fought resistfully for equal rights to have a better life for all.

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Menlo Park, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It was a lovely museum. Slightly odd that it was next to a casino and amusement park but we felt very safe at the museum and able to spend our time exploring the museum. It compacted a lot of history into this tiny space and was very informative. We especially liked all the artwork and exhibits. The photos and stories... More 

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