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“A commendable effort to portray apartheid as it was”
Review of Apartheid Museum

Apartheid Museum
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Apartheid Museum Tour from Johannesburg
Ranked #4 of 188 things to do 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 August 29, 2013

This museum deserves to be a top draw for Jo'burg despite the uncomfortable subject matter. One cannot leave without having had a very sobering exposure to the excesses of a political doctrine unique to South Africa. History is presented in a forthright manner which is both fascinating and heart breaking. One cannot help but be changed by the experience but at the same time left with a sense of optimism. Be sure to leave adequate time to do justice to the story being told - two hours at a very minimum. The cafe is an excellent choice for an affordable lunch or coffee break. If you are using the Hop On Hop Off bus, you are entitled to a R15 museum admission discount if you show your ticket.

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

In the UK I thought we knew most things about apartheid, but a visit to this museum taught me otherwise. Moving place to visit, where some of the terrible things that took place during the tyranical apartheid years are displayed. But also hope for a brighter future can be found the Mandela section clearly shows his dedication, his fight for freedoom and a better future. We only had one day in Jo Burgh you need two to take everything in. But well worth visiting, informative, the place to gain understanding of the issues past and present.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

An must visit and extremely interesting museum, we just wish that we had more time. Layout takes a bit of getting used to.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Like most Brits my exposure to apartheid was generally limited to what I had read in books, magazines or in the press - I am old enough to remember the release of Nelson MAndela and the years leading up to that momentous day. If you want to gain a fuller understanding of the issues then this museum is a must when visiting Johannesburg or Pretoria. Our two teenage sons visited the museum last year when in S. Africa with their school and they insisted we return when on a family holiday this year. To enthuse 2 teenage boys is an achievement in itself. The museum is well balance - you gain an understanding of the (misguided) rationale that was applied by those who introduced the apartheid system and what they sought to achieve. Equally you also quickly learn how divisive and unfair the system was - but that quite a lot of the white folk who grew up with it in the background just didn't seem to question it. I had an understanding before visiting of the importnace of Mr Mandela and Steve Beko - I left with a greater understanding of the important role played by other key figures, notably PW Botha and Joe Slovo, in the development of a workable political solution that ultimately stopped the degeneration into chaos that anything other than "reconcilation" policy would likely have brought. Well done to those who designed and developed this museum - it is truly eye opening in so many ways.

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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Very thorough exhibit. Takes a while to get through everything, and you want to check it all out because it is really well-done. It's a little confusing to walk through chronologically. They give you some signs, but still a bit confusing. Nevertheless, if you are in Johannesburg, you have to check it out.

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