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Hector Pieterson Museum

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Address: 8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 11 536 2253
Description: This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren...
This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren slain in a police massacre in 1976.
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Not a huge museum, but a very important one. We had a personal guide who told us a lot about what happened in Soweto during this time that we wouldn't have understood had we just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Not a huge museum, but a very important one. We had a personal guide who told us a lot about what happened in Soweto during this time that we wouldn't have understood had we just gone to the museum. This wasn't on our original itinerary, but we're glad it was added as it's well worth a visit to learn this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Took my grandson to this museum and had a excellent visit. Learned a lot about the struggles in the history of the country.

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Sun City, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

If you are truly interested in the history of Apartheid do not attempt to see this museum on an organized tour of Soweto. This museum requires a lot of time, as the displays have a lot of text, photographs and videos that would take hours, if not the entire day, to assimilate. The building is architecturally interesting, and the quality... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I love visiting the Hector Pieterson Memorial. The museum is all about the Apartheid and how pupils during the era dealt with it. Seeing things from a child's perspective is always enlightening and eye-opening. I would recommend at least 2-3 hours in this museum.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is an excellent and moving presentation. Unfortunately most Soweto tours do not allow enough time to fully partake of all that is available. If I had a choice of visiting the much larger Apartheid Museum or this one, it would certainly be this!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

What a great museum summing up South Africa's history all in the one place and so well as well! I walked in not knowing a whole lot and walked out with so much more knowledge, was definitely sad to see/read your way through the museum, yet educational and also inspiring to see Mandela's breakthrough and return to ANC to see... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is a really nice museum with great architecture and really well presented history about Soweto. Really glad I visited, I highly recommend going.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The photograph of Hector Pieterson's bloody body being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo while Hector's sister is running next to them is one of the most iconic ever taken. It served to ram home the atrocities of the apartheid government to people throughout the world. That one image galvanized world wide resistance to that evil regime. While this museum which is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

An excellent museum to learn about the history of the Soweto uprising. Such a tragic part of this country's history, but a wonderful museum and tribute to all who worked to make change!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This was a really interesting and heart wrenching museum. Gives 1st hand accounts from both the people involved in the riots and police officers. Very interesting and well laid out tour. There are guides outside who will show you around and explain things to you. Felt safe and car was also well looked after by the guard outside.

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