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“A rememberance of a horror”

Hector Pieterson Museum
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$66.71*
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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 February 13, 2014

A little boy shot dead by police. His picture on every magazine cover in the world. That picture was the inspiration for the Soweto uprising in 1976. Though only a year old at the time, during the 1980's in school, I learned of the massacre, and when i planned my trip to South Africa, I had to stop and visit to see this sight for myself.

The one main thing that irritated me was that you could not take pictures inside the museum. i have run into this before in Berlin and Paris, it is annoying. you travel all this way so that you can take a few snap shots to show others, and they don't let you.

Also, parking is horrible. i circled for twenty minutes trying to find a spot. Their is no parking lot, so be warned.

Thank Sean O
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

The museum can host a lot more of the Apartheid history that this specific event in history. It was very hot and some of the exhibits did not work.

Thank Sandra B
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

We went there after visiting the apartheid museum,thinking we knew all we needed to know about Hectors tragic death we had learned all about apartheid in school during history lessons.So we were quite surprised that we missed a few real facts while walking around the museum.

It's very unbiased insight to the events of that day and that era of Apartheid.

We didn't learn much about the true hero of that day in history class but that day at the museum we thought how sad that Mbuyisa Makhubo was the unsung hero of that eventful day,there is a section dedicated to him in the museum.

while at the museum one of the tour guides told us that Hector sister Antoinette Sithole sometimes does the tours,it would be nice if one was lucky enough to met her a really life hero.

No photos are allowed inside,lots of reading to do very informative take time to read.

Thank Sanzu500
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

Killed at the age of 13, when the police opened fire on protesting students in the 1976 Soweto uprising, Hector Pieterson is recognized from that iconic image captured by Sam Nzima. He photographed the dying Hector as he was being carried by 18 year old Mbuyisa Makhubo while his sister ran next to them.

The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum is found near the spot in Orlando West where the young student was shot, and serves to commemorate those who died in the uprisings.Using a combination of film, audiovisual displays, a collection of oral testimonies and pictures, the museum celebrates the students’ role in the freedom struggle, and is dedicated to preserving the memory of the 1976 uprising.

It is a fascinating archive and is worthy of much more than the 50 minutes we were allowed (and is significantly superior to a visit to 8115 Orlando West.) It really brings home the reality of what the youth of South Africa were subject to - by way of inferior eduction and living standards. And is all the more moving given the ages of those involved. In addition the unknown story of Mbuyisa Makhubo is moving, and a further illustration of the inevitable outcome of institutionalized racism of this level,

1  Thank Veggiemel
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

If you have visited the museum of apartheid and want to know even more, a visit to this museum is a must. Is in Soweto and most tours include this museum. After or before visiting the former home of Nelson Mandela, pass through it, which although small, has lots of information about one of the uprisings that culminated further ahead with the end of the dark age in the history of South Africa

1  Thank BenjaminLevitre
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