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Hector Pieterson Museum

8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, South Africa
+27 11 536 2253
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Soweto
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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Johannesburg
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

This museum is a must to visit when in Soweto; it tells the story of a peaceful student's march which turned into a bloodbath, igniting the flame of resistance to Apartheid in Soweto; this then spreads throughout the townships of South Africa.

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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

This was a very eye opening lesson to a part of history in South Africa that should not be forgotten and NEVER repeated! The museum was eerily quiet despite the number of people that were in there ... a must see if you're in this are. I was here in 2009 (sadly I'm not allowed to put the correct date... More

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ADELAIDE
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60 reviews 60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We went to this museum as part of a Soweto Tour. We found it a fascinating experience, comparing what we remembered being reported with the actual history. We spent more time in it than our guide expected. What a remarkable man Nelson Mandela was.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I went with a friend in mine after learning about Hector Pieterson through a Soweto Bike tour. It was very humbling and worth going to. What a special place it is, so much history in Soweto.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Heart breaking but so important to visit. A must see for anyone visiting Joburg and Soweto, especially. Take time to see and read as much as you can. A moving experience.

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Cape Town
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53 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

depicting the story of student protests this is an excellent look at life in Soweto during that period in SA's history. It is well presented and requires at least two or thee hours to do it justice. there are benches inside for older people to rest. Outside is a memorial to the events.

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Encinitas, California
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18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I really didn't know the Hector Peterson story but our tour guide recommended that we make this part of our itinerary while touring the Johannesburg area & I'm glad we did. When you combine seeing the memorial & going to the museum you get a clear picture of the conditions that led to the tragic death of this young boy.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

My visit to this museum was a highly educational and emotional one. Very informative, multi-media exhibits including photos, video and sound clips that give a great history of South Africa leading up to and including the Soweto uprising. I'd already studied a bit of South African history and knew the general history of the anti-apartheid movement, but I still learned... More

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Sweden
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The museum tells the story of students protesting against the law which forced them to study in Africans language. The museum itself is not big but when one starts to read the background and testimonies from participants and witnesses it really make you shiver. You need quite a lot of courage to do what those children/teenagers did. The most touching... More

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Every time I go I find this museum to be improving. That is something one wants to see! The way the museum is put together helps you to connect all the necessary dots. Two things: 1. Try to do the walk down to Vilakazi street 2. Ask for Antoinette

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