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Apartheid Museum

Reflect on the impact and legacy of apartheid and learn about the contribution of Nelson Mandela and others to South Africa's new constitution.

The Apartheid Museum tells the story of 20th century South Africa with a focus on the system of racial segregation that was enforced for more than 50 years. Through photographs, videos, installations and interactive displays, find out more about one of the most tumultuous periods in the country's history.

The first reminder of race classification comes at the entrance to the museum, where there are signs for whites and non-whites. Visitors are randomly assigned an entrance to go through. Once inside, read stories about Jan Smuts and J.B.M. Hertzog, the politicians who established racial segregation. Study photographs by acclaimed photographer Ernest Cole who documented what life was like for black South Africans living under apartheid.

See the exhibit of 131 nooses suspended from the ceiling. They represent the number of political prisoners who were executed during apartheid. Browse displays about key figures in the anti-apartheid struggle, including Stephen Biko. Look at the exhibition about the 1976 protest by Soweto schoolchildren, a pivotal moment in the battle for equality.

Watch videos of landmark moments in South African history, including Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. Follow a timeline of Mandela’s life from his rural upbringing to his election as president in 1994. 

In the New Constitution exhibition, read inscriptions of the core values of the new South Africa. They are the same words that appear on the Pillars of the Constitution at the museum's entrance. Pick up a stone from the right hand side of the exhibit and place it on the pile on the left. Visitors are invited to do this as a commitment to end discrimination.

The Apartheid Museum is a 10-minute drive from downtown Johannesburg. Free parking is available at the adjacent theme park, Gold Reef City. There is no public transport service between the museum and city center, but a sightseeing bus stops here.

The museum is open every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day. There are admission fee discounts for pensioners, students and children, and guided tours are available for a supplementary fee. These must be booked in advance.


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Gold Reef City Hotel
Gold Reef City Hotel

Gold Reef City Hotel

Shaft 14 Northern Parkway, Johannesburg, Gauteng
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this family-friendly Johannesburg South hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gold Reef City and Apartheid Museum. Turffontein Race Course and First National Bank Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Mkhwani Guest House
    Mkhwani Guest House

    Mkhwani Guest House

    10 Malcolm Street, Johannesburg South, Gauteng
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this guesthouse is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Gold Reef City and 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Apartheid Museum. Turffontein Race Course and James Hall Museum of Transport are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Gold Reef Place
      Gold Reef Place

      Gold Reef Place

      12 Malcolm Ave, Johannesburg South, Gauteng
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gold Reef City and Apartheid Museum. Turffontein Race Course and First National Bank Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Goba b&b
        Goba b&b

        Goba b&b

        12 Merry Lane, Southdale, Johannesburg South, Gauteng
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this bed & breakfast is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Gold Reef City and 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Apartheid Museum. Turffontein Race Course and James Hall Museum of Transport are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Lala's Guest House
          Lala's Guest House

          Lala's Guest House

          31 Southdale Dr, Johannesburg South, Gauteng
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this guesthouse is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Gold Reef City and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Apartheid Museum. Turffontein Race Course and James Hall Museum of Transport are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Kwa - Bungane Guest House
            Kwa - Bungane Guest House

            Kwa - Bungane Guest House

            1 Tarascon Place, Ormonder Ext1, Johannesburg South, Gauteng
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this guesthouse is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Apartheid Museum and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Gold Reef City. Southgate Mall and First National Bank Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Lalela House
              Lalela House

              Lalela House

              18 Visagie St, Johannesburg South, Gauteng
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Southgate Mall, Gold Reef City, and Apartheid Museum. Expo Centre Johannesburg and First National Bank Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Cozy Gem in Turffontein
                Cozy Gem in Turffontein

                Cozy Gem in Turffontein

                Johannesburg South, Gauteng
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area, this historic vacation home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Turffontein Race Course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Gold Reef City and Apartheid Museum. James Hall Museum of Transport and Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve are also within 3 mi (5 km).