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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
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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This museum shows the history of many African women and men that took the street of Soweto to protest and fight for their rights. The museum provides tribute to all of them. The leading example is Hector Pieterson, a child that died during the protests. Interesting, but if you have limited time better to go to Apartheid or Lilieslief farm.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A superb museum that uses photos, newsreel footage and video interviews with those involved to bring to life the awful events of the 1976 Soweto protest by schoolchildren. So many deaths. Sobering.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

An emotional yet insightful account of the 1976 student riots recommended for young and older generations bridging the gap and linking our present miracle democracy to the contribution of young people. Visit and leave enthralled with memorable images.

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Peterborough
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This museum gave a balanced view of what happened with the riots in Soweto. It is a moving tribute to all the children who lost there lives.

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HerbieW
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I had very little knowledge of the story of the student uprising before visiting Soweto and we chose the Hector Pieterson Museum as you can't take children into the Apartheid Museum but I feel we were surprised and well rewarded; this is informative and sensitive but also a well designed museum. The tales are incredibly sad but show the enormous... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Stopped here as part of Soweto tour. New little about this before but this really brought to life the struggle in 1976. Very moving and well worth a visit.

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Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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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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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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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