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Hector Pieterson Museum

8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, South Africa
+27 11 536 2253
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Ranked #2 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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HerbieW
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
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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61 helpful votes 61 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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55 helpful votes 55 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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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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35 helpful votes 35 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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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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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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