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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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Haven't heard about it before we entered Soweto with a guide. The Hector Pieterson Museum take you back in time and let you think what they thought, feel what they felt and see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Haven't heard about it before we entered Soweto with a guide. The Hector Pieterson Museum take you back in time and let you think what they thought, feel what they felt and see what they saw. The visit to the museum really made me walk out with many thoughts in my head. I feel sad when I think about the... More 

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Benoni, South Africa
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The memorial puts into perspective the heritage, history and transformation of South Africa as we now know it. It also reminds us of the power of youth.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a good place to learn about the circumstances that led to the horrific scenes on the 16th June 1976 and the results of that dry. Although Hector Peterson was not the only child killed that day, he was the only one whose death was photographed. Visiting the museum gives an idea of how many people were killed on... More 

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Excellent display of audio visuals and an excellent way to learn about the bravery of the youth and students of 1976.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

It is a self guided tour with no logical progression and minimal leading explanation. I thought it was an nice attempt at a tribute to this young man who was catapulted to fame in this unfortunate event. But, the museum needs a bit more help in guiding visitors through and explaining the story.

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Less overwhelming than the apartheid museum. Still there is quite a bit of text and students will need to read and pay attention to the news reel clips.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Great way to learn about the student peace protest in June 1976. As our children are in high school it was especially relevant to them. The mix of video and reading material presented the events and really gave a sense of time and place. A great start in understanding S African history.

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Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

audio visual experience tells the story of south African struggle; proves to be an uplifting, informative history lesson: you will need at least an hour to 90 minutes, but well worth all your time...

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Go and learn what happened on June 16th 1976. It will open your eyes to the struggles of SA students and the country in general.

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Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Great information about the history of Hector Pieterson. Not a lot "to do" stuff - mostely things to read.

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Address: 8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 11 536 2253
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Soweto

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