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Apartheid Museum Tour in Johannesburg
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Owner description: This museum is architecturally interesting and packed with thoughtful, often brutal, reminders of South Africa’s history.
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Whatever you think you know about Apartheid, Nelson Mandela and the ANC, or people in general, this museum is a must see if you spend anytime in Jberg. However, most of the exhibits require a lot of reading so I don't think it would hold the attention of young children.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Good and relevant information, poorly organized and apathetic and unfriendly staff inside. The opening video is pitiful, a series of random pictures with a voice over that is difficult to hear at times.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Apartheid Museum
Taskin Rahman
“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others “ – Nelson Mandela
The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.
For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental.
In 1995 the South African government set up a process to give licenses for casinos to attract tourists. The bid documents stipulated that bidders should demonstrate how they would attract tourism and thereby grow the economy and stimulate job creation. Akani Egoli (Gold Reef City), put the winning bid, which included a commitment to build the Apartheid Museum and the casino was built just beside it.
The Apartheid Museum documents the struggle for freedom during the period of racial oppression in South Africa.
The National Party came to power in 1948 in a surprise election victory. There were many reasons why it triumphed, but one of the major reasons for it was that it offered segregation of the races in simple, easy-to-grasp terms.
This was taken to such a height that the South African Bureau for Racial Affairs was launched. This led directly to a number of racial laws, including the Population Registration Act, which assigned every person to a racial category; and the Group Areas Act, which enforced separate urban areas for each race group.
There were countless other repressive measures. It was a crime to strike and freedom of movement was severely curtailed. 'It was a crime to walk through a whites-only door,' wrote Nelson Mandela, 'a crime to live in a certain area and a crime to have no place to live'.
Apartheid led to growing resistance, which brought greater oppression and a reign of terror by the security establishment. It is this struggle for freedom that is the focus of the Apartheid Museum at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg.
Set on 21 acres of land, superbly landscaped grounds, this historical museum has 22 exhibition areas designed by a team of curators, filmmakers and historians. Film footage, text panels and artefacts are arranged in such a way as to recreate the experience of what it was like under apartheid.
The 810 000 USD complex includes the following themes: Pillars of the Constitution, Race Classification, Migrant Journeys to Johannesburg and the social and political forces that gave birth to apartheid.
How much does it cost to enter?
R65.00/ 7 USD
Where is apartheid museum
Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd Johannesburg South 2091, South Africa
+27 11 309 4700

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

This museum takes about 4 hours to tour, and while we were there, the Nelson Mandela exhibit was the focus. It was very educational, and worth the time to visit, The entrance fee was very reasonable.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

This is a difficult museum to view and everyone should see it. It is stark, realistic, imprtant and timely. Although looking a little shabby with some displays not working, it clearly mirrors the tone of Apartheid and is important towards understanding the recent history of SA.

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