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This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren slain in a police massacre in 1976.
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8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 11 536 2253
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum itself is clean, modern and full of interesting images and literature. It is located on the square where the march took place and is commemorated by a memorial and fountain. Quite a surreal experience to be there but definitely recommend a visit.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

sadly, few of the TV monitors were working when we visited. It's an interesting museum that requires quite a lot of reading and there were photos.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Before visiting we'd been undereducated on the events leading up to and after this young man's shooting. A moving experience and you can spend from about an hour to likely three hours.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a must-do. Named after one of the students shot and killed by police, the museum details the Soweto uprising and student protest in 1976 against the forced used of Afrikaans as the mode of instruction in black schools, related to apartheid. Very...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is well worth a stop when in Soweto. Really interesting collection of historical clippings relating to the 1976 student uprising in Soweto and the death of Hector Pieterson (and many others) during the struggle against apartheid. The museum appears to be under-funded and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I remember the news about Hector Pieterson shooting by the So Africa Security Forces. The museum covers the events leading up to the shooting of Hector and others and the aftermath of that terrible day.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Michael H
Reviewed December 11, 2018

For a visitor to South Africa the museum was both enlightening and confronting. It graphically details life under apartheid and the sad events surrounding the death of Hector Pieterson. Wasn't sure what to expect but enjoyed learning some history.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 3, 2018

The memorial and museum are a moving tribute to the children that died in the Soweto Uprising. It is a story that I was not familiar with but I’m glad I can now appreciate the big impact it had on South African history. The museum...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

Hector Pieterson played a large role in the uprisings from Soweto. It's doe this reason that you should go to the museum. The walk through takes 30-45 minutes. When we were there many of the tv monitors were not working.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

There is a fantastic memorial as well as a great museum. This place builds on the story of apartheid. It’s definitely worth visiting. There are also plenty of vendors selling African made goods right outside along the streer

Date of experience: November 2018
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February 17, 2016|
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Response from Douglas T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I would consider it 'safe' for children. Age will be a factor in their understanding of the cause and consequences of Hector's death. This is a memorial for Hector, and an museum of the period around his death.
April 17, 2015|
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Response from Gigi9636 | Reviewed this property |
Sounds like a school project or report. You could have Googled.
Travel Forum Posts
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Choosing b/w two tours, which is best? Itinerary inside. (3 Replies)
Hello, Have a very short time in JoBurg and want to take a day tour that covers the city plus Soweto. Below are two itineraries I am choosing from, which one is better and are there any major highlights that are missing and should be included? Tour 1 *Entrance fee into the Hector Pieterson Museum *Visit an informal settlement *Mandela House Museum *Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital *Walk through the Regina Mundi Church *Diepkloof ext *Baragwanath Taxi Rank *Maponya Shopping Mall ...More
April 20, 2018|
Response fromGavin S|
My choice would be: 1st choice. Hop on hop off bus with Soweto extension. Failing that: 2nd choice. Your tour #1. Your #2 is, IMHO, out of the question. It is impossible to visit all the sites in any meaningful way. Considering how far apart these places are,the travelling time alone, between the various sites, for your #2, will use up a great deal of your (limited) time. Then consider the time you need at each place for any meaningful visit, other than just a "drive by". ...More
Carlisle, UK
Soweto - safety (7 Replies)
Firstly I'll apologise, I hate it when people bring up the 'is South Africa/Jo'burg safe' topic as well....... We are visiting South Africa next month and we have one day in Jo'burg, I was planning on going on driving from the B&B to gold reef city and using the hop on hop off tourist bus to get around. Initial plans are: get there is time for the first Soweto bus (10am), get of the bus at the Hector Pieterson museum go around the museum and then walk to Vilakazi street to go to...More
January 17, 2016|
Response fromSbu116|
I was born and bred in Soweto and the last time i was there was today. Like in any major city basic safety precautions must be observed. You will find that a lot of tourists frequent the place so you will not feel out of place. People in Orlando West are generally friendly and some have captured the opportunities offered by tourism in the place. I really don't think you have much to worry about. There are a few restaurants within close proximity of each other on Vilakazi Street.
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2 full days in Johannesburg (6 Replies)
Hi All So myself and the wife land into Johannesburg very early on Sat 26th Sept. As we fly from the UK overnight we're thinking our first day needs to be relaxed, but we don't want to waste it either! We have looked at Top of Africa for views & food? But is there anything else we should not/could not miss out on on the Saturday? Then Sun 27th we planned a guided tour of Soweto/township, Mandela Family Museum, Credo Mutwa Village, Hector Pieterson Museum & Orlando Towers but is...More
September 15, 2015|
Response fromGavin S|
'Top of Africa for views & food? " Top of Africa is good for a "bird's eye view" of Johannesburg, but not for food. Maybe a visit to Constitutional hill, on Saturday, OR a fascinating place few people visit, Satyagraha House, now a guest house and museum, where Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi lived and formulated his philosophy of non violent protest, There is also a Gandhi exhibit in the old prison, on Constitutional Hill, so perhaps the two sites, to complement each other. "Sun...More