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The Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum

The year 1948 marked the beginning of a very dark era in South Africas history, an era which was to last for 46 years, Apartheid. The word apartheid is an Afrikaans word which means separation, and in 1948 the ruling party, the National Party implemented the policy of apartheid which turned 20 million people into second class citizens, damning them to a life of servitude, humiliation and abuse. Those 46 years saw the rise and fall of many freedom fighters and activists, one of the most famous being South Africas first democratically elected president, President Nelson Mandela. 1994 was the beginning of a new era, the birth of The New South Africa, a proud South Africa, and a South Africa for the people.

The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa , at the heart of which is the apartheid story. The Museum was constructed at a cost of approximately R80m which was paid for by Akani Egoli, who were the developers of the adjacent Gold Reef City Casino. The museum illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid and is a truly South African experience, pieced together by a team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers. The exhibits include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts illustrating the events and human stories from this terrible period. There are a series of 22 individual exhibition areas which take the visitor through a journey that tells the story of the state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny.

The museum is described as a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own. For anyone who wants any insight into this oppressive period in South Africas history, a visit to The Apartheid Museum is a must.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00to 17:00.
Guided tours are available at an additional cost of R5.00 per person and must be booked in advance.

For more information, bookings and admission fees please contact:
Tel: +27-11-3094700
Fax: +27-11-3094726
Or email: info@apartheidmuseum.org

Physical Address:
Northern Parkway
& Gold Reef Road

From M1 South
Take the Booysens Road offramp.
Cross over first traffic light in Kimberly Road
Turn right at the second traffic light into Alamein, which becomes Northern Parkway, pass under a bridge
At the next traffic light, turn right into Gold Reef Road through the gates.
The Apartheid Museum parking is on your left.

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