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Address: 8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 11 536 2253
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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Interesting overview of the student uprisings over being forced to learn in Afrikaans

Many of us are familiar with the news photo of the dying Hector Pieterson being carried by a man with his sister sobbing by his side. This museum is named for him, but it covers... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Many of us are familiar with the news photo of the dying Hector Pieterson being carried by a man with his sister sobbing by his side. This museum is named for him, but it covers the entire movement started by the students. They were being forced to have their studies conducted in Afrikaans, a language which they didn't know. Imagine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

My 16 year old and I were taken to this museum unexpectedly and it surprisingly opened my eyes one more time!!! I knew nothing about this. I am 50 years old, yes getting older :) I know so much about Nelson Mandela and wanted to see his place, I read and study all about him but knew nothing about this.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Even though I knew the history of race tension in South Africa I was moved by this attraction which highlights the events leading to the end of apartheid. The killing of the young boy during the Soweto uprising is well depicted and is a great tribute to the Soweto youth in their reaction to oppression and in being forced to... More 

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Ann Arbor, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This museum is named after the first fatality in the Soweto Massacre. The museum is very well done with artifacts, explanations of the effects of apartheid and a great deal of video from the time. It is very moving. Everyone should visit it.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

a good memorial about soweto uprising. More intersting information more especial for educational tours

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The Hector Pieterson museum is a fascinating tribute to the Soweto school children protests and the murderous reaction of the authorities. Like the Apartheid Museum, it uses photos and multi-media to tell the story leading up to the violence. Allow at least an hour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Not a huge museum, but a very important one. We had a personal guide who told us a lot about what happened in Soweto during this time that we wouldn't have understood had we just gone to the museum. This wasn't on our original itinerary, but we're glad it was added as it's well worth a visit to learn this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Took my grandson to this museum and had a excellent visit. Learned a lot about the struggles in the history of the country.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

If you are truly interested in the history of Apartheid do not attempt to see this museum on an organized tour of Soweto. This museum requires a lot of time, as the displays have a lot of text, photographs and videos that would take hours, if not the entire day, to assimilate. The building is architecturally interesting, and the quality... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I love visiting the Hector Pieterson Memorial. The museum is all about the Apartheid and how pupils during the era dealt with it. Seeing things from a child's perspective is always enlightening and eye-opening. I would recommend at least 2-3 hours in this museum.

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