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 where it opened its doors in 2001.
A journey through its corridors brings to life the effect of the laws, horrors and eventual demise of the apartheid system. The museum's towering and stony architecture and entrances that separate visitors by race to view the exhibits – some which can only be viewed through 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 this law 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, followed by 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.
Pensioners, students and children: R70
School children: R40
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
No guided tours available on a Monday.
Tour groups are limited to 15 persons.