Freedom Park

Freedom Park, Pretoria: Address, Phone Number, Freedom Park Reviews: 4/5

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Freedom Park is the South African tale in the voice of the South African people. Using our unique culture, heritage, history and spirituality, it tells of the events that shaped us and why we are who we are today. It is the heart and soul of our nation captured in one breathtaking space.Situated close to our capital's city centre, Freedom Park stands as a memorial to what we have achieved as a nation. Most importantly, it stands as a beacon to guide all South Africans on the route of hope and patriotism to a proudly united nation. Freedom Park urge use to experience and appreciate our history, to walk where our ancestors have walked and to learn about our shared heritage as brothers and sisters.Go on a guided tour of Freedom Park at 09h00, 12h00 or 15h00; or take a self-guided tour. We are open 7 days a week, except on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
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Chad G
7 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
My friend and I both grew up in Pretoria and barely knew this amazing museum and the amazing grounds existed. It’s honestly an amazing experience for locals and visitors!

The gardens are superb, the museum is immaculate and well maintained. The museum curators are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. It provides you with a spiritual, emotional and physical experience leaving you enlightened and a better person than when you arrived.

Make sure you visit the gardens (can take 2 hours) as well as the museum!
Written January 7, 2022
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY768 contributions
Nov 2021
This museum was supremely informative about the history and divisions in South African society since the colonial periods. As sad as it is to read about, the history of the continent and South Africa itself was fascinating to learn about. We only had three hours here and completely ran out of time, though we tend to read into everything in a museum. If you want to just skim through it, it can be done within an hour or two but then why are you even bothering to come? To say you did it and post it on your social media feed? If you want to learn about it then it requires at least a couple hours of dedication (four to read every last bit).

We went on a weekday and it was desolate in there. We hope that is an aberration as this is surely something every chile should read and learn about to understand how difficult and unfair life can be for many.
Written December 2, 2021
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flafla_06
Rome3,520 contributions
Aug 2019
We had the guided tour with a guide who was a freedom fighter during apartheid years (sadly I don’t know the name), so talking with him was very interesting.
We visited the Wall of Names, the Isivivane (from outside) and the museum. We had a very pleasant walk on the hill with a view on Pretoria as well.
It's not a shocking place to visit like Robben Island, Old Fort Prison or Apartheid Museum, it’s more a symbolic monument, a place to reflect, but it worths a visit, especially if you have a former freedom fighter as a guide!
Written January 29, 2020
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Jan C
Pretoria, South Africa62 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
Even the United Nations Genocide Memorial in Rwanda lists the death of 57000 South Africans of all colors in concentration camps in 1901 as a recognized Genocide, but the expensive but poorly maintained Freedom Park ignores that. This park, paid for by taxfunds at exorbitant costs (crony contractor "fat"?) selects bits of history, sometimes unproven, to exhibit for propaganda purposes. One leaves this place with a bitter taste in the mouth, thinking what visitors will think and how an untrue view of history will affect children forever. It borders on child-abuse to expose an innocent child to such an insidiously selective view of history. Experience this if you must (bring gloves along to pick up refuse+help trim the overcharged garden) but do not do this to an innocent child.
Written February 2, 2017
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Jacob L
Horsens, Denmark25 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
We went up there because we had read somewhere that the freedom park would give a nice view of the city.
We were surprised to find a museum dedicated to telling the struggle of the apartheid. The museum itself has a good staff and a lot of good information about the history of South Africa and apartheid.
The park has a nice panoramic view of Pretoria.
Worth a visit if you're interested in learning more about the end of the apartheid.
Written February 26, 2018
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latvia05
Washington DC, DC4 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
I use Trip Advisor quite frequently and travel a lot, but this is the first time I am writing a review. The reason I am doing so is I absolutely believe the museum needs more attention; I was the only visitor during my tour hour stay. My expectations for my visit were fairly muted, but I have to say that I was blown away by the quality of the exhibits at the museum and thoughtfulness of the memorial park. The staff were extremely friendly and I was provided a one on one tour of the memorial park. The guide was very knowledge and open and we had a lengthy conversation about the lingering legacy and reality of apartheid in a socio-political-economic sense. For any foreign visitor to South Africa, this is an incredibly useful mechanism for understanding the complicated and tragic history of this nation. At the same time, the museum and monument are forward looking and I ended up leaving with a sense of hope "hapo" for the future.
Written March 13, 2015
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makuamg
Pretoria, South Africa16 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
This place is well organized. the guides know their story and can present it very well to the tourists. wear comfortable shoes to access all the places in the park. it is a very good exercise for the day, you will walk enough for the day. Remember to take a photo by the SAMSUNG IiPad when coming back from the sacred ancestral place.
Written February 25, 2019
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Marietjie S
Pretoria, South Africa17 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
What a fabulous, interactive and informative museum. Totally underrated and under visited.
Make sure to pack a picnic to have in the shade up in the park. And do walk all the way up to the garden of rememberance is. Spectacular view of Pretoria and a beautiful spot to reflect after the visit in the museum.
Written January 29, 2018
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Jeff M
Africa3 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
Visited yesterday with guests from Australia. Eternal flame extinguished. Pool of water empty. No hallowed ambience as there should be.
Written September 27, 2017
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The Hiding Place
Centurion, South Africa8 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
It might be interesting to some people, but we found it quite boring. Will not take my guests there...
Written September 7, 2017
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