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This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren slain in a police massacre in 1976.
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8287 Khumalo St, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 11 536 2253
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 11 March 2005

This is a really wonderful museum, almost more of an interpretive centre, since it looks at one short series of events, placing them in a larger context. It's incredibly powerful, but allow yourself plenty of time to wander about, taking it at your own pace....More

5  Thank fnaughton
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 22 August 2011

Buried upstairs facing the outside of the museum and not in the normal flow of the traffic is a series of panels that describe events on a minute by minute basis. Here is described the stone throwing that provoked the police action, many instances of...More

3  Thank TravelerCalabasas
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There is a fantastic memorial as well as a great museum. This place builds on the story of apartheid. It’s definitely worth visiting. There are also plenty of vendors selling African made goods right outside along the streer

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The walk up from Mandela's house gives you a chance to see Soweto that is not just part of the tourist area. The museum itself has a memorial outside and there were a number of guides offering their service to show you around. With hindsight...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you have time gap, it worth the visit! The museum is in a nice construction and is easy to visit!!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just along from Nelson Mandela's home is a small museum dedicated to the story of Hector Pietersen. Most have seen the photo of the boy's body being carried by another boy while his sister runs along side. The museum illustrates the circumstances leading to the...More

Thank Trish B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Hector Pieterson Memorial recounts the 1976 student protests against Apartheid in photographs, videos, newspaper clippings and the words of participants. While not exactly enjoyable, it was and educational and moving experience. If you care about the history of struggles for human rights, you should...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Documents history about students protesting the Afrikaans language. Takes about an hour to see the exhibit.

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Reviewed 9 October 2018

This was a huge emotional experience that I am so grateful to have been able to share with my niece as we visited this part of the world. The museum was designed beautifully and had an impact that was forever impressionable. It is an educational...More

Thank ume03
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

This museum, although named after the unfortunate child who symbolised SA problems, is about the broader aspects of the Soweto uprising, its background and its consequences. It is quite stark but well done on how it chronologically takes you through the events. Was good to...More

Thank PipPaul W
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

This is another must do see to understand the history of the rainbow nation. This museum commemorates a turning point in the struggle for freedom in South Africa. Sadly it isn’t being well maintained. Some of the screens are not working. It nonetheless is a...More

Thank PeeKarugaba
Reviewed 20 September 2018

We had a group tour so it was arranged for us. The walls in each galler, each floor has unique pictures and posters that documents the African life under apartheid and struggle for freedom. Outstanding museum.

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17 February 2016|
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Response from Douglas T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I would consider it 'safe' for children. Age will be a factor in their understanding of the cause and consequences of Hector's death. This is a memorial for Hector, and an museum of the period around his death.
17 April 2015|
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Response from Gigi9636 | Reviewed this property |
Sounds like a school project or report. You could have Googled.