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Hector Pieterson Museum

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Address: 8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 11 536 2253
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Description: This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren...
This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren slain in a police massacre in 1976.
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Stop off during tour of Sowetto

I hadn't heard of Hector Peterson or the troubles in 1976 before visiting this museum but by the time I left, I had a much better understanding not just of this particular piece... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I hadn't heard of Hector Peterson or the troubles in 1976 before visiting this museum but by the time I left, I had a much better understanding not just of this particular piece of history but the history of South Africa under the Apartheid regime too. The photos, videos and narrative from those who took part in these struggles make... More 

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very interesting for us and the parents as we knew very little about all of this history as we were a bit young to have taken much notice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

During our Soweto tour we stopped here for a visit. We had already heard the story from our guide and had seen the memorial. But the museum really made things come alive. The video's are well chosen and let you feel part of the story. Very impressive...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Of all the places we visited in Johannesburg, this museum affected me the most. The eye-witness accounts, videos and audio all combine to highlight the horror of the 1976 Soweto Uprising. Like the Jewish Museum in Berlin, this is one I'll never forget.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is a very worthwhile visit - we did it in combination with the Apartheid Museum. I thought I was fairly knowledgeable of this time period - but after visiting here, seeing the photos, write-ups, etc. found that I really knew very little. If you are interested in knowing more about this period of South African history - well worth... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

VIsiting Hector Pieterson Museum was moving. It also helped understand better the legacy of apartheid and the remaining challenges faced by this amazing country. It was a trip back on memory lane and at the same time it was a testimony for the power that the desire for freedom can have.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This is a fabulous museum which provides detailed accounts of the facts surrounding the anti-apartheid uprisings in Soweto and other areas. And it is a touching and memorial to all of the children who died from brutality stemming from racial hatred.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Haven't heard about it before we entered Soweto with a guide. The Hector Pieterson Museum take you back in time and let you think what they thought, feel what they felt and see what they saw. The visit to the museum really made me walk out with many thoughts in my head. I feel sad when I think about the... More 

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Benoni, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The memorial puts into perspective the heritage, history and transformation of South Africa as we now know it. It also reminds us of the power of youth.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a good place to learn about the circumstances that led to the horrific scenes on the 16th June 1976 and the results of that dry. Although Hector Peterson was not the only child killed that day, he was the only one whose death was photographed. Visiting the museum gives an idea of how many people were killed on... More 

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