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Hector Pieterson Museum

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Address: 8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, South Africa
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+27 11 536 2253
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This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren slain...

This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren slain in a police massacre in 1976.

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$57.61*
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Half-Day Tour of Soweto in Johannesburg
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$127.34*
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Private Tour of Soweto in Johannesburg
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Soweto Township Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria

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a story to be told but not repeated

just sad yet from the heartache there came some inspiring stories from the face of adversity the youth of today are the key to the future, look after them - a brilliant memorial... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

just sad yet from the heartache there came some inspiring stories from the face of adversity the youth of today are the key to the future, look after them - a brilliant memorial and museum

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well laid out museum that does not require a lot of time. Empowering and informative without being too emotional.

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Kempton Park, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

This museum is laid out perfectly to take a walk down memory lane of the apartheid days. One finally snaps the concept of why the photograph of the little body of Hector Pieterson made such an impact on the world. a Must for any history enthusiast or just someone that's into photography.

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Cornwall
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

Lovely building, well laid out exhibition. It is quite a lot to take in for one visit. Cafe was a bit disappointing.

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Evergreen, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

Having the good fortune to see this informative and at times heartbreaking museum was a highlight of our trip. We were even privileged to buy our tickets from Hector's Sister at the entrance window. It is so important to keep the information on apartheid and its horrors in people's minds so that the future will not have any repeats.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

This museum is definitely worth visiting. I didn't know much about the Soweto uprising until I toured this museum and learned of the people involved along with their bravery and the lives lost in the struggle to finally eliminate apartheid.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

As soon as I walked into this museum, I felt an intense emotional reaction as I was faced with the photos and witness accounts of the student uprising on June 16, 1976 which culminated in the death of Hector Pieterson. This is a multimedia experience, which includes photos, artistic works, audio, video and actual items recovered from the uprising the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

For a few extra rand our guide snuck us in the back when the Museum was closed! Apart from having to keep away from the windows so we weren't spotted by any security guards outside, we had the place to ourselves. It's a very impressive, informative presentation of the history surrounding apartheid. Highly recommended.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

A no holds barred account of the riots and infights surrounding the apartheid story that engulfs Johannesburg and lays bare the truth.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

I am embarrassed to admit my ignorance about the Soweto uprising, as I was alive and attending university in the USA in 1976. The tragic history of Apartheid came alive for me in our tour of Soweto, and the museum was extremely enlightening. Although we didn't have enough time to read everything nor to watch all of the video footage,... More 

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