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Hector Pieterson Museum

8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, South Africa
+27 11 536 2253
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Ranked #1 of 14 attractions in Soweto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Description: This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren slain in a police massacre in 1976.
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Boulder, Colorado
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106 reviews 106 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This museum illuminates a moment in history of which I had no idea. We were there around 3 pm, just when all the students got out of school in the surrounding neighborhood, which deepened the experience.

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New York City
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20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

South Africa has some terrific museums and this is no exception. A lot of information presented through many mediums. An in depth and insightful look into the student uprising through the sad and horrifying gateway of the place that Hector Pieterson was killed. I wish I had had another thirty minutes to spend here, it is worth a good long... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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212 reviews 212 reviews
155 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The museum is well worth the visit to help understand the history of South Africa. Fortunately our personal guide we had for the day explained the history of the area and the significance of the Soweto Uprising of June 16, 1976 as the museum is rather weak in explaining the circumstances surrounding the event. The museum contains displays highlighting the... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The first time we went there, there were no guides available, and like many museums we’ve been to around the world, there are no audio devices or tour guides that can augment the museum experience. The second time, and with all due respect to the gentleman who offered to be our guide, the guide did not look professional or even... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Really didn't know what to expect yet our hearts went out to the community on the terrible happenings. While visiting here we were able to see elementary children learning of their parents plyghts. It was interesting to see the children (some from Soweto - total prverty) in their clean school uniforms as well as other children of the neighborhood wearing... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Must confess...expectations were higher. Definitely a visit that should be combined with a full tour of the surrounding area. Interesting facts but would be more worthwhile with a guide.

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West Bay, Grand Cayman
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

As other reviewers have said, this museum explores the student rebellion during the Apartheid era and is named after one of the first youths killed in the struggle. This subject is also covered in the Apartheid Museum, but there is perhaps more detail here on this particular segment. We were unfortunately on a tour that allowed very little time (less... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

A group of us visited this museum which explains about the student protest due to the forced application of Afrikaans as the language for teaching in schools. Hector Pieterson was unfortunately killed during the event but the iconic picture of him serves as a sobering reminder of the struggle. Our visit was informative although a few of the electronic exhibits... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is a small but well designed display about the events surrounding the death of the young man who became an icon for the freedom movement in SOWETO. Excellent photos and graphics are displayed and the narrative is easy to follow. Anyone interested in the June 16th uprising should see this museum.

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Durban, South Africa
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23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Along a soweto tour we were taken to the Hector Pieterson musem which was so very intesting. Being a South African from Durban i found it the museum extremely insightful so i can just imagine how int tourists will love it. Its very modern and intactive. Must do while in Soweto.

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