The Apartheid Museum illustrates what life was like for South Africans under the apartheid system through dramatic photographs, videos, press clips, personal artefacts and moving anecdotes.
The museum is situated at the Gold Reef City campus in Ormonde, a must if you’re looking for things to do in Gauteng, and opened its doors in 2001.
A journey through its corridors brings to life the intricacies, horrors and demise of the apartheid system. The museum's towering and stony architecture, the entrances that separate visitors by race to the exhibits, some which can only be viewed through metal wire cages, brings to the fore what life under the apartheid system was like.
The museum has permanent and temporary exhibits put together by a team of designers, historians, curators and film-makers. Some of the permanent exhibitions depict race classifications and the havoc that wreaked on families. An exhibit titled Total Onslaught will take you through the 1980s to the early 90s where civic and student unrest in the country reached its peak. The exhibits titled Mandela’s Release and The Miracle and Beyond are about late former president Nelson Mandela’s release after 27 years in prison and the historic 1994 general elections.
Visitors can either book a guided tour or view the exhibits at their own pace. The museum also offers age-appropriate guided tours for school children, which must be booked in advance.
The veld garden as well as the coffee and museum shops offer visitors a chance to wind down after the tour. The garden is particularly important because it gives visitors a chance to reflect on South Africa’s past and take in the beauty of the current landscape.
If you’re looking for things to do in Gauteng the Apartheid Museum is well worth it.
Pensioners, students and children: R65
School children: R35
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
However there are no guided tours available on a Monday.