Apartheid Museum Tours

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The Apartheid Museum details the injustice, cruelty, and absurdities of white minority rule in South Africa. Apartheid, meaning “separateness” in Afrikaans, was officially in effect from 1948 to 1994, though segregation had been a cornerstone of South African politics since the country’s inception. The museum is dedicated to helping South Africa overcome its oppressive past and look toward the future.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Location
Address: Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road, Ormonde, Johannesburg 2135, South Africa
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Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Guided Day Tour

Get to know the history and landmarks of Johannesburg, also known as the City of Gold, in a full-day tour. Visit Soweto, the hometown of Nelson Mandela, as well as a full city tour and a visit to the Apartheid Museum. All entrance fees, lunch, snacks, and bottled water included. Pickup and drop-off at your Johannesburg hotel.
  • Duration: 7 Hours Approximate
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1 or 2 Day Johannesburg City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore Johannesburg on your own time in a flexible way by booking this 1- or 2-day ticket on a hop-on hop-off bus. Ride around the city with commentary in 15 languages expounding on the history, culture, and modern life in this South African metropolis, hopping off whenever you like to explore further on your own. Choose a 1- or 2-day ticket depending on your schedule and budget.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Johannesburg Full Day Tour Including a Visit to the Lion Park

Explore the best of what Johannesburg has to offer with this full day tour including a safari and a traditional South African 'sun-downer.' See the Lion Park to see one of Africa's most majestic big cats. Visit Soweto, the country's most famous township. Take in the important exhibits at the Apartheid Museum. Enjoy an evening drink – a sun-downer – in Maboneng.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Pretoria, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Guided Day Tour from Johannesburg

Take a deep dive into South Africa's history on this multi-stop tour that includes Soweto, Johannesburg, and Pretoria. With a guide in the lead and round-trip transportation provided, this ambitious tour examining the history of apartheid in South Africa is made stress-free. Learn about the Great Trek through a visit to the Voortrekker Museum, see the Union Buildings, the Apartheid Museum in Soweto, and the Mandela Bridge. Along the way, your guide will provide sensitive, in-depth commentary about the country's history and culture.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Constitutional Hill and Apartheid Museum Half-Day Tour from Johannesburg

South Africa has a rich and chequered history encapsulated during this half-day tour of Johannesburg’s Constitutional Hill and the Apartheid Museum. Discover South Africa’s colonial history and the Dutch Boers who fought against the British at the turn of the century. Then fast-forward 50 years to learn about the difficult struggle of black South Africans to gain and keep their rights in a post-apartheid society.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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2 DAYS JOHANNESBURG PRETORIA APARTHEID MUSEUM AND 3DAYS KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy your African Dream in a balance of both Cultural and Natural experience where during your first day , in this experience you will be taken to the National administration city known as Pretoria.At your arrival to Pretoria you will be taken to Voortrekker Monument to learn about the history of Afrikkaner people of Southern Africa. Go to the union building, the government of South Africa after having driven around down town of PretoriaDay 2- Depart from your confirmed Hotel to the South African busiest city know as Johannesburg, to your arrival at the Old Fort Prison where you will learn about life behind the closed door.Drive around the city central passing on Nelson Mandela Bridge while learning about GOLD to Apartheid museum where you will be learning SA in Apartheid era.head to Soweto , the Mandela house and learn about 1976 uprising.Day3 Arrive at Kruger after 4 hours drive to 5 4x4safari game drive 2morning , 2 afternoon and one closed vehicle back to JNB
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Soweto and Johannesburg Guided Day Tour

Get to know South Africa’s biggest city on a full-day tour that covers all the highlights of Johannesburg and Soweto. Take in the views from the Top of Africa, learn about the city’s history as you visit Constitutional Hill and the Apartheid Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela in Soweto, with a tour of the Nelson Mandela House, Hector Pieterson Museum, and Freedom Square.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Johannesburg Highlights: Guided Day Tour

Explore South Africa's most famous township with this 10-hour guided tour of Soweto from Johannesburg. Enjoy a personal experience of how vibrant and lively Soweto from your guide, who was born and raised in the township.
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Full-Day Soweto City Tour with Apartheid Museum

Spend a day exploring the most famous township in South Africa with this full-day small-group guided tour of Soweto from Johannesburg. Join a knowledgeable local guide for a visit to the renowned Apartheid Museum and huge Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Eat a buffet lunch of traditional local dishes. Enjoy round-trip transportation including hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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City Sightseeing Johannesburg Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Get introduced to the highlights of Johannesburg with a hop-on hop-off tour on a double-decker bus. See the city’s main attractions - such as Ghandi Square, the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill - from the top of an open-air bus or by exploring from any of the dozen stops on the bus route. See the best of Johannesburg the easy way with City Sightseeing.
  • Duration: 40 minutes
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Apartheid Museum Tour from Johannesburg

Explore some of South Africa's difficult past with a tour of the Apartheid Museum complex from Johannesburg. Follow the turbulent 20th century history of apartheid through multimedia exhibits.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Johannesburg History Tour and Kruger National Park Safari in 5 Days

Many visitors to South Africa head straight on straight on safari without experience the human history of the country. Combine heritage and nature on this tour that takes you to Kruger National Park as well as the Cradle of Human Kind, Lesedi Cultural Village, Soweto, and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.
  • Duration: 5 days
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Soweto Day Tour from Johannesburg

Spend the day exploring the townships outside of Johannesburg on this Soweto tour. Follow your expert local guide through the streets of Meadowlands, Kliptown, Orlando and Vilakazi. Learn about the nation's history of apartheid and how historic rules still shape the city today.
  • Duration: 1 day
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3 Days Safari to Pillanesburg National Park from Johannesburg

Planning a 3-day, multi-stop tour is a large task, but booking this tour to Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Pilanesburg National Park takes care of all the details in advance. Learn about the history of the Boers in Pretoria and take a deep dive into the effects of apartheid by visiting the Apartheid Museum in Soweto. See the variety of tribes in South Africa in the Lesedi Cultural Village and the important archeological finds at the Cradle of Humankind. Finish up with a game drive through Pilanesburg National Park in search of Africa's Big 5.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Apartheid Museum Private Tour in Johannesburg

Since 2001 Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum has offered travelers the preeminent museum experience offering visitors insight into one of South Africa's most troubled times. Visitors to this top attraction can learn about the history of segregation in this African nation and gain a deeper understanding of how Soweto townships and regulated pass books played an essential role in the politics and culture of the place. 
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Apartheid Museum Tour in Johannesburg

Learn about an important part of South African history at the excellent Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. Explore the exhibits to get a deeper understanding of what life under apartheid was like in South Africa from 1948 through 1994. Recognized as the top museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, the Apartheid Museum is a must-see for any visitor.
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Full-Day Soweto, Gold Reef City and Johannesburg Tour

Combine visits to Soweto, Gold Reef City, and Johannesburg on a single tour. You'll get a full picture of the region by traveling with a guide on this carefully curated itinerary. Get orientation tours of both Soweto and Johannesburg, in addition to visiting the Hector Pieterson Museum, the Gold Reef City Theme Park, and exploring a gold mine. Transportation between all sites makes this tour easy and seamless.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
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Apartheid Museum Tour in Johannesburg

Learn about the rise and fall of apartheid and gain a deeper understanding of this history of South Africa on this guided tour of Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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South African 6-Day Adventure Tour from Johannesburg

Experience the culture, wildlife, and beauty of South Africa on this 6-day tour starting in Johannesburg, including five nights of accommodations and all transport. See the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the Apartheid Museum, and Blyde River Canyon before setting off on an African safari in an open 4x4 vehicle at Manyelati Game Reserve.
  • Duration: 6 days
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3 Days Pretoria Johannesburg tour

HIGHLIGHTS AVOID THE DAY TO DAY TOURS AND SAVE WITH THIs WONDERFUL TOURPRETORIA(voortrekker monument,Parliament,Cullinun Mine)Soweto(mandela house,Hector Peterson and Regina Mundi church)go visit the Apartheid Museumvisit The Cradle of Human KindVisit Lesedi Cultural Villagevehicles with wifi and very friendly and professional guideenjoy the sipping of free bottled water and free snacks
  • Duration: 3 days
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5-Day NON-SHARED Private Wildlife Safari Tour Incl Johannesburg Cultural Tour

This tour combines culture and wildlife. On the first day, you get to visit South Africa's most famous township - Soweto and travel along Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, a street on which the homes of two Nobel Peace Prize winners are – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Choose an optional visit to the Mandela House as well as learn about the 1976 Soweto Uprising.The tour then proceeds to Kruger National Park full where you will get to see Africa's big 5.
  • Duration: 5 days
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11-Days South African Classic Tour with Kruger National Park and Cape Town

This 11 days tour covers the best of what South Africa has to offer. The tour brings together the magnificent scenery of The Drakensberg Mountains, historical and cultural experience including the both experience of wildlife safari in The Kruger National Park and City Life in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. In the Kruger National your are guaranteed to see some of the BIG FIVE.  The tour will begin in Johannesburg and end in Cape Town or start in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. You can choose where you want to start your tour.
  • Duration: 11 days
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