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Hector Pieterson Museum

Address: 8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 11 536 2253
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Soweto
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren slain in a police massacre in 1976.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
24 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

A poignant museum visit which brings home the inhumanity of the apathied system and the appalling treatment of the young people who tried to peacefully demonstate against the imposition of Afrikaans in teaching and for exams on children who already had a local language and English to learn. Hector was unarmed and 12 when shot. A must see alongside the... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This is well kept museum. There's so much information to read and watch so have sufficient time set aside for the visit an hour may not be enough. Informative and worth it.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A very interesting experience, open plan building very spacious and easy to get around. Gives a lot of information as to how and why it all happened. The negative to all this is that you can not take any photo's inside. Out side is the memorial and very well portrayed.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is a must place to visit when you are in Johannsburg. It remind all peace lovers how a peaceful demonstration turn out into a bloodshed. We learn a lesson not to repeat the shameful and disgraced act of inhumane. Ally Mwalim Dar es salaam, Tanzania

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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The museum is perfectly situated on the main road and closer to Vilakazi Street in Orlando West. It reminded me as a Sowetan how the youth of '76 fought the struggle. Looking at some of the pictures also broght back memories of some of my experiences in the '80's. It was really a sad sight. I could see that we... More

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Miami, Florida
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10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

During the late seventies in the US we heard a lot about Soweto and the uprising. What a life changing experience to visit this museum and learn what happened during this time. A very moving experience and I'm glad we carved out the time to visit.

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jhb
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I was shocked to find out that hector was not the only child murdered that day. as white south Africans we were kept in the dark and fed propaganda. it was an incredibly sad and moving experience for me and my family. I feel it changed the way I think about my country.

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Johannesburg
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This museum is a must to visit when in Soweto; it tells the story of a peaceful student's march which turned into a bloodbath, igniting the flame of resistance to Apartheid in Soweto; this then spreads throughout the townships of South Africa.

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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This was a very eye opening lesson to a part of history in South Africa that should not be forgotten and NEVER repeated! The museum was eerily quiet despite the number of people that were in there ... a must see if you're in this are. I was here in 2009 (sadly I'm not allowed to put the correct date... More

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ADELAIDE
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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We went to this museum as part of a Soweto Tour. We found it a fascinating experience, comparing what we remembered being reported with the actual history. We spent more time in it than our guide expected. What a remarkable man Nelson Mandela was.

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