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The Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. An architectural consortium, comprising several leading architectural firms, conceptualised the design of the building on a seven-hectare stand. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape offering the international community a unique South African experience.

The Apartheid Museum Gold Reef City Johannesburg

The exhibits have been assembled and organised by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers. They include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts illustrating the events and human stories that are part of the epic saga, known as apartheid.

A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny.

The Apartheid Museum Gold Reef City Johannesburg The Apartheid Museum Gold Reef City Johannesburg

For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental.

The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own.

Constitution Hill & The Fort

Constitution Hill Precinct in Braamfontein Johannesburg has a very complex history going back to 1892 when the Old Fort was built under the Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek. Functioning as a prison, except for the brief period of the South African War (1899-1902) when it was a military defence post, new buildings were added to the site in the late 1900s and early 20th Century: the so-called Natives’ section and isolation cells known as Sections Four and Five where black male prisoners were held, a Women’s Prison (1907), and an Awaiting Trial building (1920s).

Constitution Hill & Court Johannesburg

All these buildings together were known as the Fort, a place that was notorious for its harsh treatment of prisoners: who ranged from common criminals to hundreds of thousands of ordinary men and women who contravened colonial and apartheid legislation such as hut tax laws, beer brewing laws, pass laws and the Group Areas act.

Constitution Hill - Nelson Mandela Exhibition: Prisoner in a Garden Constitution Hill  - Mahatma Gandhi: Prisoner of Conscience

Many political prisoners were also incarcerated at the Fort. Boer military leaders were imprisoned during the South African war 1899-1902. In 1906 and 1913 Indian passive resisters (including Mahatma Gandhi) were incarcerated.

Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind is a World Heritage Site first named by UNESCO in 1999, about 50 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa in the Gauteng province.

The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

This site currently occupies 47,000 hectares, it contains a complex of limestone caves, including the Sterkfontein Caves, where the 2.3-million year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus (nicknamed "Mrs. Ples") was found in 1947 by Dr. Robert Broom and John T. Robinson.

Lesedi Cultural Village

Lesedi Cultural Village is a tourist village which celebrates the cultural traditions of several different peoples of Southern Africa. It reproduces traditional dwellings and offers demonstrations of dances and other cultural activities.

Lesedi Cultural Village

Mandela House

The Nelson Mandela National Museum, commonly referred to as Mandela House, is the house on Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa, where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962. It is located at number 8115, at the corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane streets, a short distance up the road from Tutu House, the home of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Mandela House - The Nelson Mandela National Museum Mandela House - The Nelson Mandela National Museum

Mandela donated the house to the Soweto Heritage Trust (of which he was the founder) on 1 September 1997, to be run as a museum.

Other Excursion Available

  Bill Harrops Balloon Safari   Bruma Lake Flea Market   Bush Baby Monkey Sanctuary  
  Cambanos Chameleon Village   Cradle of Humankind   Cullinan Diamond Mine  
  Sammy Marks House   De Wildt Cheetah Centre   Elephant Sanctuary  
  Gold Reef City   Johannesburg City & Apartheid Museum   Johannesburg City & Constitutional Hill  
  Johannesburg City & Origins Centre   Johannesburg City & Pretoria City   Johannesburg City & Soweto Tour  
  Johannesburg City Tour and Origins Centre   Johannesburg City, Apartheid Museum & Soweto Tour   Lesedi Cultural Village  
  Liliesleaf   Pilansberg   Pretoria City  
  Magaliesberg Canopy Tour   Sun City   The Apartheid Museum  
  Soweto Tour       Nelson Mandela's House  

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