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Hector Pieterson Museum
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$62.37*
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Soweto Township Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Soweto
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Owner description: This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren slain in a police massacre in 1976.
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Probably not a fair review, however...we toured in the dark. Museum should have closed. Hard to read. Some exhibits and could not enjoy video narrations. Staff was not at all helpful and seemed quite bored.

Thank sk84fungirl
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

This museum relates the circumstances and events leading up to the tragic slaughter of hundreds of young students. A must-see to better understand the struggle of the South African people.

Thank Dr_D_Bird
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

I visited this museum again with guests from Australia and once again the visit was excellent with the museum giving a good history background of 16 June 1976 when children protested against the use of Afrikaans in their schools. The response from my guests were very positive and the actual photo's and video clippings takes them back to that era. The layout of the museum is in sequence and people visiting this museum learn a lot about South African history. The museum also gives an account from both sides, the children and the police of what happened on that day.

The memorial outside the museum links the museum to various spots in the streets of Soweto to actually where young Hector was killed. The museum is not only a indoor visit, but also outside and you end up walking in the streets of Soweto. Henry Zeiler, South African Tourist Guide GP1038.

Thank Catz T
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

This museum is a must-see to understand the magnitude of apartheid's horror. It commemorates the Soweto uprising and depicts the school kids brutally murdered for protesting the fact that they were being instructed in Afrikaans in school. I visited on Youth Day, when hundreds of school children were also in attendance. I was the only white person inside, and I cried the whole way through the museum.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The information presented at the Hector Pieterson Museum gave an extremely humanistic portrayal of the events of the 1976 protests. The information was presented in a way that was easily understandable. I only wish that all of the audio visual displays were functional, as I felt that I missed out on some information!

Thank Marietta M
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