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Hector Pieterson Museum

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Address: 8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, South Africa
Phone Number: +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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Private Tour of Soweto in Johannesburg
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Half-Day Tour of Soweto in Johannesburg
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Soweto 6-Hour Guided Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria

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We went there the Saturday after Youth Day. It was a touching experience. I so wanted to read everything. There is also these videos and interviews playing which really makes you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Tercia T
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Great Brak River, South Africa
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Great Brak River, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went there the Saturday after Youth Day. It was a touching experience. I so wanted to read everything. There is also these videos and interviews playing which really makes you think. It really takes you back and make you feel like you were there. We drove their ourselves and the entry fee was only about R40 per adult. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't have the opportunity to tour the Hector Pieterson Museum but were privileged to have Poloko give us a 2 hour guided tour on foot and in our vehicle of Soweto. He was very knowledgeable of this area. We toured the poor, middle class and "Beverly Hills area of Soweto. He took us to view Nelson Mandala's house and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were recommended to stop here by our guide in Soweto, and it I found it to be an incredibly poignant and interesting museum describing in detail the Soweto uprising of 1976. Although I had visited the Apartheid museum, I only knew the basics of the details, and the exhibition was highly informative, with interviews and documents from many sources.... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If time permits, this is a site worth seeing. I was moved by the collection of artifacts from the Soweto Student Uprising which played an instrumental role in the international response to Apartheid. Similar to my visit to Robben Island, this helped me to better appreciate the struggle for liberation and sacrifice made by so many unnamed martyrs. You won't... More 

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An emotional part of South Africa' s history captured in art...and sheer finesse. The museum captures the Soweto uprising in a poetic and artistic way that helps tell a thousand words in under 5 minutes.

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Canggu, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped at the Hector Pierterson Museum during our bicycle ride through Soweto. Our guide gave an excellent and graphic description of the memorial outside the museum. It was very moving and brought home the circumstances leading up to the tragic events of that day. I would highly recommend visiting this area just to see the memorial and appreciate its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A memorial of great importance. Great historical information on one of the most touching places of South Africa.

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Thank Frank_de_Bos
Tripoli, Libya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

An important place to visit and learn about the history of South Africa . too much background. you go around see the pics and information underneath , also videos that explain what happened . on your way out you'll find a small gift shop where u can by something to remind you of the place.

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Thank Faris S
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

A powerful Museum! Learned so much! I highly recommend it. It provides informative background to the justice fighting spirit of South African people, specifically South African youth.

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Tuross Head, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Went to this museum as part of an organised tour around Johannesburg. We were shuffled through in record time but still feel the Apartheid museum was by far better.

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