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Apartheid Museum

Apartheid Museum

Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road, Ormonde, Johannesburg, 2135

The Basics

Johannesburg city tours and Soweto tours typically feature a stop at the Apartheid Museum, with some including an in-depth tour. The museum tells the story of 20th-century apartheid through photos, documents, and film footage, as well as interactive features that bring the history of racial classification to life. The end of South African segregation in 1990 (following former president Nelson Mandela’s release from prison) is celebrated by the seven pillars of the country’s post-apartheid constitution in the courtyard: democracy, equality, reconciliation, diversity, responsibility, respect, and freedom.

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Full-Day Soweto, Apartheid Museum and Lunch Tour
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Full-Day Soweto, Apartheid Museum and Lunch Tour
star-4.5
$100.93 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Emotional Experience
This was a great tour and very educational. We experienced some emotional moments, as we had the opportunity to see the apartheid museum and walking in the townships. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and took his time to explain different things.
Malik_D, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Johannesburg

star-5
Sunny day out at Joburg
Julia_B, May 2022
Johannesburg Full-Day Tour(Soweto/Jo-Burg & Apartheid Museum)
Awesome guide, lots to see!! Best to check out days the Apartheid Museum is open due to covid restrictions (we were lucky)!
star-5
Recommended
LindsayTodd, Mar 2022
Half Guided Day Tour of Soweto from Apartheid Museum
Solly was a great guide! Was very happy with the tour and content. Would recommend this. Note: due to COVID, apartheid museum was closed but we visited constitution hill instead. I believe the museum will open again in a few weeks though
star-5
Very interesting
Astrid_L, Mar 2022
Half Guided Day Tour of Soweto from Apartheid Museum
Although we couldn’t visit the apartheid museum which was closed due to Covid, solly (our guide) made the trip worthwhile. He gave us several options to choose from to make up for the museum and we decided on Constitutional Hill and Soweto. He told us many interesting things during the trip and at the sights and was very compliant to our wishes. We totally recommend this guided tour and enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you very much Solly.
star-5
Great way to see Joberg
Sarah_R, Apr 2022
Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Guided Day Tour
Emmah was an amazing and personable guide. Highly recommend this tour to see important historical Joberg sights if you’re short on time. Easy, safe, great experience.
star-5
Well worth it!
Alice_B, Apr 2022
Johannesburg Full-Day Tour(Soweto/Jo-Burg & Apartheid Museum)
Paster is great guide, He was very knowledgable and engaging. Sadly, we had a rainy day but nonetheless, we felt we got an excellent overview of Johannesburg. One thing that was not terrific was that we had booked a private tour so we were dismayed to find another passenger in the car with us. We did not make an issue of this in the moment but I am hoping Viator will acknowledge this was a slip up.
star-4
A good introduction to Johannesburg & area
Martin_K, Mar 2020
Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Guided Day Tour
A really good introduction to Johannesburg and its beginnings following the discovery of gold, followed by Soweto and how it came to prominence during apartheid. The Nelson Mandela house is fascinating, (a bit touristy, though - you're besieged by hawkers as soon as the vehicle comes to a stop!). The Apartheid Museum is a must-see. Did those whites actually believe they were doing right?
star-5
A Must-Do Tour When in Joburg
James_K, Feb 2020
Full-Day Soweto, Apartheid Museum and Lunch Tour
Excellent tour! Thabang is an awesome tour guide. Had lots of interesting information to share and did a great job of engaging everyone in our "family" (tour group). Enjoyed both the Hector Pieterson and Apartheid Museums. Plenty of time to visit both. The visit to Soweto was eye-opening and it was good to know that a portion of our tour cost goes to helping those in the poorer sections of Soweto. Lunch was tasty. All in all a well-planned tour that was very enjoyable! Highly recommend!
star-5
Great tour. I recommend.
Christine_D, Dec 2020
Soweto and Apartheid Museum & Local Lunch Half Day Tour
It was a very interesting experience and visit. I regret that the time was so short to visit the museum.
star-4
All in all a good day
Rebecca_C, May 2021
Johannesburg Full-Day Tour(Soweto/Jo-Burg & Apartheid Museum)
Our tour guide knew his stuff. He made it very interesting and influential. We were not able to get into the Apartheid Museum due to Covid (and for which we have not seen an afjustment). We did add a couple of areas on a drive by. The museum's and Constituion Hall were impressive. We were 5 adults in a smallish car so check your transportation if that is an issue. All in all a good day
star-4
Outstanding drivers/guides.
Rick_H, Mar 2020
Full-Day Soweto, Apartheid Museum and Lunch Tour
This was very good. Very accomodating guide(s) my wife was ill and nothong was too much troulbe to assit getting here back to hotel. Well worth the time spend on the tour
star-5
Awesome!
Ryan, Aug 2021
Half Guided Day Tour of Soweto from Apartheid Museum
Solly was amazing...although the Apartheid Museum was closed he still filled the time with plenty of info and other sites to see around Johannesburg. All the info provided helped myself and the other group members learn about the history of not only Johannesburg but also the country of South Africa as well. Visiting Soweto and being educated on its past was great as well. I highly recommend the tour to anyone wanting an informative look at the city.
star-5
Soweto & Apartheid museum
charlenelisa, Feb 2020
Soweto & Apartheid Museum Guided Tour
My experience with Norman was exceptional . He was professional and courteous. He was very accommodating with our time. We asked lots of questions and he was very knowledgeable. This tour was enjoyable and relaxing I would definitely recommend. Thank you

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The museum presents the sometimes shocking reality of apartheid, and some parts may be inappropriate for young kids.

  • Visitors should plan for about two hours to explore the museum fully.

  • The museum is fully wheelchair accessible.

  • Guided Apartheid Museum tours are available by advance booking only for groups of more than 15, with a small charge on top of admission.

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How to Get There

The Apartheid Museum is in Johannesburg’s southern section of Ormonde and can be reached from the center of the city along the Villiers Graaff Motorway. Hop-on, hop-off bus tours typically have a stop outside the Apartheid Museum.

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When to Get There

The museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm. To avoid crowds, it is best to arrive right at opening time or later in the day closer to closing time.

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Nelson Mandela’s Influence

Mandela was one of the most important leaders in the abolition of apartheid. The museum holds a copy of his speech to parliament and a video of the moment he was released from prison after 27 years.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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