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“Hector Pieterson Museum” 4 of 5 stars
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Hector Pieterson Museum
8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, South Africa
+27 11 536 2253
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Owner description: This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren slain in a police massacre in 1976.
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Hector Pieterson Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

I visited this museum again with guests from Australia and once again the visit was excellent with the museum giving a good history background of 16 June 1976 when children protested against the use of Afrikaans in their schools. The response from my guests were very positive and the actual photo's and video clippings takes them back to that era. The layout of the museum is in sequence and people visiting this museum learn a lot about South African history. The museum also gives an account from both sides, the children and the police of what happened on that day.

The memorial outside the museum links the museum to various spots in the streets of Soweto to actually where young Hector was killed. The museum is not only a indoor visit, but also outside and you end up walking in the streets of Soweto. Henry Zeiler, South African Tourist Guide GP1038.

Visited August 2013
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“Hector Pieterson Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This museum is a must-see to understand the magnitude of apartheid's horror. It commemorates the Soweto uprising and depicts the school kids brutally murdered for protesting the fact that they were being instructed in Afrikaans in school. I visited on Youth Day, when hundreds of school children were also in attendance. I was the only white person inside, and I cried the whole way through the museum.

Visited June 2013
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“Deeply Moving Picture of Apartheid”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The information presented at the Hector Pieterson Museum gave an extremely humanistic portrayal of the events of the 1976 protests. The information was presented in a way that was easily understandable. I only wish that all of the audio visual displays were functional, as I felt that I missed out on some information!

Visited July 2013
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“A Moving Perspective”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

I have visited the museum in its progression from booths holding photos (the booths were made from truck trailers that had been de-wheeled" and placed in a gravel lot) to its current state as a proper brick and mortar building. It is simple in style, allowing the stories to hold center stage. Having visited it numerous times over the years since my first visit in 1998, I still find myself touched deeply. As a white American, I cannot pretend to understand what happened in South Africa during Apartheid. However, this museum adds a personal connection that helps to understand the depth of the depravity that non-whites endured for so many years. And I am always so appreciative to hear accounts from the many white South Africans who are eager to add to the perspective from their point of view. Many, many whites opposed apartheid. Amazing resource for all humans who care about the treatment of other humans. Justice is served!

Visited July 2012
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“Informative and moving”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

To better understand the events and importance of June 16, 1976, in South African history, visit this museum. It is well-done, informative, and very moving. Take time to visit the vendors outside and the other attractions in the area. Soweto is a rich and beautiful place!

Visited May 2013
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