Apartheid Museum
Apartheid Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This museum is architecturally interesting and packed with thoughtful, often brutal, reminders of South Africa’s history.
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  • JustMeJT
    Hamilton, New Zealand36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Intense but important - a must see
    Chock a block full of information, but mainly just photos and commentary. Not too many 'exhibits'....so quite intense. A great overview of those dreadful years and definitely worth a visit. Don't skip the introductory film...it's important. Also, take your glasses! The font and size of font makes some of the descriptions hard to read. Don't get excited about the gift story - it was very disappointing. Similarly, the cafe is one to miss. Very limited selection and very average.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Kaiaingelill
    Andenes, Norway15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An important visit
    If you want a more meaningful and concious visit to Joburg and South Africa this museum is a must see. There was a overload of information which made the experience a bit tiresome, and spending less than 4 hours here is totally unrealistic. The builing itself was well worth the visit if you are interested in architecture. Would not bring children under the age of 13/14.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • bengtnitram
    Malmö, Sweden263 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Jburg must
    Very educational and important to visit. It was bigger than I expected and it took a good 3 hours to go trough it, although I could've spent more time if I had it. I went here after visiting Nelson Mandela's house in Soweto but I was happy to see that they had a separate Mandela, as well as Desmond Tutu, exhibition as well. Don't miss the 15 min movie shown in the cinema as it tells the story of how South Africa's history came to be. The cafe has a decent selection of food and the giftshop is quite nice too.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 December 2023
  • paul d
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most powerful museum I have ever visited
    Simply put, this was the most powerful museum I have ever experience, and I am 83 and have seen a hell of a lot of excellent museums. The building itself is unique and worth the visit itself with regard to museum architecture. But the exhibits are so very powerful, especially after we spent several hours in Soweto. There were plenty of docents to help find our way and see new things. We were there for 3 hours and easily could have spent much more time. I wish that they could find a way to have the essence of the museum travel around the world.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 February 2024
  • Astencijo
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom263 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much information
    We have loved the museum, even though we were with 2 young children. So much history, so much interesting information. Display and layout has been done very well, nice flow. Definately worth a visit. For a young family, it took us over 2 hours with a short food break. Loadshedding didn't allow to view all short movies available, but still a great experience
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 February 2024
  • Ash
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania186 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    We had almost three hours here and I could have easily spent another 1-2 hours. It’s very well designed to keep you engaged with film, objects, audio and text. As our first stop in the country, the museum set us up well for other historical stops such as Constitution Hill and also Robben Island by Cape Town.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 March 2024
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KnitsbyConnie
MA515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This was a stop on the Gate 1 South African tour.
What an extremely moving museum. So much history. So much heinous crimes against others just because of skin color and other human features. Your entry ticket is either has non blankie on it or blankie (white). I got a blankie one, but during the time of Apartheid, I would have been given a non blankie ticket.

I tried to look at every exhibit item and view some of the videos, but could not take it after 30 minutes. The exhibits were great and the videos were great and the staff at the museum were great, its just how much does not need to see about how other who were non white were being treated. I got the message, it was horrible. In any event this is a must see, and in my mind always will be.
Written 16 April 2024
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Nduduzo k
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Enjoyed every minute of the place,rich in south African forgotten history and every south african should go and visit since it connects all of us today
Written 5 April 2024
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Geoff C
Rockingham, Australia35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Spent a couple of hours here but could have easily spent more time here.
Quite a thought provoking experience.
Recommend definitely if visiting Johannesburg
Written 31 March 2024
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Ash
Philadelphia, PA186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had almost three hours here and I could have easily spent another 1-2 hours. It’s very well designed to keep you engaged with film, objects, audio and text. As our first stop in the country, the museum set us up well for other historical stops such as Constitution Hill and also Robben Island by Cape Town.
Written 29 March 2024
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telina l
Carmel, NY11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
The museum is full of informative displays. I was made aware things that I had never heard of before. The exhibits were moving and gut wrenching. They get into your soul. The most intriguing was the videos of people attempting to make excuses for their crimes against humanity. This exhibit is not for the faint of heart. The people affected have been traumatized and are finding ways to heal and live. The Nelson Mandela exhibit was immersive and very informative.
Written 11 March 2024
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Parisee C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I am a student, and I was not aware that Apartheid was such as a recent thing. I thought segregation of European and Africans was an event of a distant past. I was surprised to hear about the different protests and violence along with segregation. I was surprised to find out Nelson Mandela was not just a well-known president; that he spent years in jail trying to end the Apartheid. Apartheid is an ugly past, but the Apartheid Museum is contributing to our understanding of this dark chapter of human history. I am glad South Africa is getting control over the situation. Situations are out of hand from what I could tell when the other side can only get input on the movement’s aftermath, effects.
Written 9 March 2024
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Astencijo
Basingstoke, UK263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We have loved the museum, even though we were with 2 young children. So much history, so much interesting information. Display and layout has been done very well, nice flow. Definately worth a visit. For a young family, it took us over 2 hours with a short food break. Loadshedding didn't allow to view all short movies available, but still a great experience
Written 21 February 2024
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paul d
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Simply put, this was the most powerful museum I have ever experience, and I am 83 and have seen a hell of a lot of excellent museums. The building itself is unique and worth the visit itself with regard to museum architecture. But the exhibits are so very powerful, especially after we spent several hours in Soweto. There were plenty of docents to help find our way and see new things. We were there for 3 hours and easily could have spent much more time. I wish that they could find a way to have the essence of the museum travel around the world.
Written 6 February 2024
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Keith_Montgomery
London, UK41 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Wasted an afternoon journeying to the museum and it wasn’t open. No explanation from the guard other than “off”.

Can find no explanation online. Tripadvisor says it’s open now.

Could have done other things with my time.
Written 15 January 2024
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bengtnitram
Malmö, Sweden263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Very educational and important to visit. It was bigger than I expected and it took a good 3 hours to go trough it, although I could've spent more time if I had it. I went here after visiting Nelson Mandela's house in Soweto but I was happy to see that they had a separate Mandela, as well as Desmond Tutu, exhibition as well. Don't miss the 15 min movie shown in the cinema as it tells the story of how South Africa's history came to be. The cafe has a decent selection of food and the giftshop is quite nice too.
Written 14 December 2023
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