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Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

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To better understand the rich and turbulent history of South Africa, pay a visit to Apartheid Museum. Founded in 2001, the museum explores the system of imposed racial segregation implement during the apartheid era. You can spend hours wandering the 22 spacious exhibits narrating the story of oppression, racial tension, and the struggle for freedom. A plethora of items, photos, videos, and written materials paint an extensive picture of the tyranny that the black majority in South Africa endured for much of the 20th century. Make Apartheid Museum a centerpiece of your Johannesburg vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Johannesburg trip itinerary maker app.
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  • The big red hop on/hop off bus takes you directly to the Apartheid Museum and is the easiest way to get there. When you buy your entrance ticket you are given a ticket that says "white" or... 
    The big red hop on/hop off bus takes you directly to the Apartheid Museum and is the easiest way to get there. When you buy your entrance ticket you are given a ticket that says "white" or...  more »
  • This museum is really well done - I could have spent much more time there than I had available (museum closes at 5). I learned so much about the history of South Africa and the misery that was... 
    This museum is really well done - I could have spent much more time there than I had available (museum closes at 5). I learned so much about the history of South Africa and the misery that was...  more »
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  • Very, very interesting and eye opening experience for us at the Apartheid Museum. We went there as part of a private tour and only allotted two hours. So, unfortunately we only made it until 1970 before having to depart. We recommend four hours to see everything included. We were a group of two visiting on a weekday so there was no lines, not very busy and no need to buy tickets in advance. We really enjoyed our time here and would recommend visiting when you travel to Johannesburg.
  • Museum is very well done and artistic too. Great transition though history in South Africa. I did this on a day Joburg tour, 2 hours is sufficient to see everything and read. Goes well with visiting Soweto too, the township that is a key example of segregation, separation laws, and racism. Temporary exhibits on Mandela and Tutu are wonderful right now. No pictures to be taken inside. Right next to Gold Reef in case you also want to visit a casino and amusement park. Note, it is open 5 days a week now, so check the schedule.

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