Apartheid Museum – South Africa Museums

by Kojo Pocu
Apartheid Museum

The tale of how the human spirit overcame hardship is told at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. The Apartheid Museum is just as fascinating and impressive as the guidebooks claim. There is no more effective approach to convey the history of the city and the nation. And it is a significant part of the Johannesburg experience’s “missing link.”

Over 20 million individuals were made second-class citizens by the white elected National Party government beginning in 1948, dooming them to a life of servitude, humiliation, and torture. A nation’s struggle, bravery, and endurance culminated in their release in 1994 with the election of Nelson Mandela, the prisoner who became president.

Discover the real history of South Africa in just 15 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport or 20 minutes from Sandton, the country’s business district. Whoever you are, you can’t help but leave with a better appreciation and understanding of this country, its worst moments, and its greatest victories.

The Apartheid Museum, the first of its type, depicts apartheid’s birth and fall: the racially discriminatory system that hampered much of its advancement and the triumph of reason that culminated half a century of battle. A multidisciplinary team of curators, filmmakers, historians, and designers put together and organised the Museum.

The museum’s seven-hectare site’s architecture was created by an architectural collaboration made up of many top architectural firms. The museum is an outstanding example of design, space, and landscape that gives the world a special view of South Africa.

The exhibitions include film clips, pictures, text panels, and artefacts that depict the historical events and individual narratives that made up the epic tale known as apartheid. The visitor is taken on a dramatic emotional journey through a succession of 22 different display spaces that depict the tale of a state-sanctioned system that is purely based on racial prejudice.

A trip to the Apartheid Museum is essential for everyone who wants to comprehend and experience what South Africa was really like. The museum serves as a symbol of optimism for South Africa, demonstrating to the outside world how the country is making peace with its history and advancing toward a future that all South Africans may claim as their own.

Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum’s Genesis

The apartheid story, which is at the centre of the Apartheid Museum’s exhibits, is acknowledged to be its central theme. The museum opened in 2001.

The first of its type Apartheid Museum depicts the emergence and demise of apartheid.

The building’s design was conceptualised on a seven-hectare site by an architectural cooperative made up of several eminent architectural firms. The museum is an outstanding example of design, space, and landscape that gives the world a special view of South Africa.

A multidisciplinary team of curators, filmmakers, historians, and designers put the exhibits together and organised them. Provocative images, text panels, and artefacts are used to depict the incidents and individual tales that made up the horrifying apartheid era in our nation’s history.

Apartheid Museum

Exhibitions

  • Permanent exhibition
  • Mandela exhibition
  • Temporary exhibitions

Address

Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road, Ormonde, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Best Time To Visit

Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 to 17h00
Closed on Mondays, Good Friday and Christmas Day

Contact Detail

Tel: +27 (0)11 309 4700

Email: [email protected]

Website: apartheidmuseum.org