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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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Surrey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Very illuminating, sobering and explains an historical event that is a vital part of South African history but is not not so well known. Worth going here before the Apartheid museum.

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edinburgh
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

After visiting Nelson Mandela's house we went on to the Hector Pieterson Museum., a much larger affair named after a 12 year boy shot dead by the South African police in 1976 during a demonstration by Soweto High School students against the compulsory use of Africaans in black secondary schools. The museum commemorates the event and how life was like... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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87 reviews 87 reviews
20 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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218 reviews 218 reviews
158 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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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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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40 reviews 40 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 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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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
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6 helpful votes 6 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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