Explore the Apartheid Museum

It governed every aspect of South African life.

Who you could have children with, where you lived and worked and which bus or train you took to get there.

The apartheid system even dictated to South African citizens what race they were through racial classification laws that tore families apart.

The Apartheid Museum brings to life the intricacies, horrors and demise of the apartheid system.

Situated at the Gold Reef City campus in Ormonde, a must if you’re looking for things to do in Gauteng, the museum illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid through dramatic photographs, videos, press clips, personal artefacts and moving anecdotes.

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Segregation by law. (Image: Apartheid Museum)

The museum opened its doors in 2001. 

Every element – from the 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 series of permanent and temporary exhibits put together by a team of designers, historians, curators and film-makers take visitors through an emotional journey of South Africa’s history. If you’re looking for things to do in Gauteng the Apartheid Museum is well worth it.

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Political executions. (Image: Apartheid Museum)

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 museum’s garden as well as the coffee and museum shops offers 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.

To make the most of your experience at the museum, which should be top on your list of things to do in Gauteng, you should set aside half a day for the trip.