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Hector Pieterson Museum

Address: 8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 11 536 2253
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Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren slain in a police massacre in 1976.
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Adelaide, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

What a great museum summing up South Africa's history all in the one place and so well as well! I walked in not knowing a whole lot and walked out with so much more knowledge, was definitely sad to see/read your way through the museum, yet educational and also inspiring to see Mandela's breakthrough and return to ANC to see... More 

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Los Angeles
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is a really nice museum with great architecture and really well presented history about Soweto. Really glad I visited, I highly recommend going.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The photograph of Hector Pieterson's bloody body being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo while Hector's sister is running next to them is one of the most iconic ever taken. It served to ram home the atrocities of the apartheid government to people throughout the world. That one image galvanized world wide resistance to that evil regime. While this museum which is... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

An excellent museum to learn about the history of the Soweto uprising. Such a tragic part of this country's history, but a wonderful museum and tribute to all who worked to make change!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This was a really interesting and heart wrenching museum. Gives 1st hand accounts from both the people involved in the riots and police officers. Very interesting and well laid out tour. There are guides outside who will show you around and explain things to you. Felt safe and car was also well looked after by the guard outside.

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Pretoria
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The Hector Pieterson Museum is probably one of the highlights of the Soweto Tour. It gives a true reflection of those dark days and with it's factual accounts results in a far better rendition of what happened than the 'shock" tactics of the Apartheid Museum. It depicts an event which should never be forgotten or repeated.

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PRETORIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

If You are interested in the history of democracy in South Africa, then this is an excellent platform. the Museum is of very high class standard. also a must to see.

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Brakpan, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

It was great going there, we got to see why people love Soweto so much. I must say if you are a local person, eating at Vilakazi street might be too expensive for an ordinary guy.

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Sydney, Australia
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

An incredible of images and stories about this tragic event. The Museum is located at the spot where the shooting began and it is deeply moving. I didnt know much about the story before the visit and thought it was an excellent tribute to the people who died here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

it was a nice afternoon trip in soweto...the museum is nice,yet small,takes like an hour for a tour...comes as part of an interesting trip in soweto

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