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“Museum is exceptional”
Review of Freedom Park

Freedom Park
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US$50.43*
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Pretoria Capital City Tour
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US$214.15*
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Pretoria City Guided Day Tour
Ranked #14 of 119 things to do in Pretoria
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Owner description: Freedom Park is the South African tale in the voice of the South African people. Using our unique culture, heritage, history and spirituality, it tells of the events that shaped us and why we are who we are today. It is the heart and soul of our nation captured in one breathtaking space.Situated close to our capital's city centre, Freedom Park stands as a memorial to what we have achieved as a nation. Most importantly, it stands as a beacon to guide all South Africans on the route of hope and patriotism to a proudly united nation. Freedom Park urge use to experience and appreciate our history, to walk where our ancestors have walked and to learn about our shared heritage as brothers and sisters.Go on a guided tour of Freedom Park at 09h00, 12h00 or 15h00; or take a self-guided tour. We are open 7 days a week, except on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Reviewed 25 January 2014

The Freedom Park museum (unfortunately we didn't have time to go through the park) is an amazing experience, but a bit of an information overload. Be prepared to spend the better part of two hours there if you want to take in most of what is on display. Granted, it is a very one-sided account of South African history, but not unjustly so. The experience is very educational, although the creation myths presented as facts are out of place. All in all, every South African should make the time to visit.

Thank RMShay
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Freedom_Park, Webmaster at Freedom Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2014

Thank-you for your great review of our museum //hapo - "a dream is not a dream until it is shared by the entire community".

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Reviewed 11 January 2014

Freedom Park and the museum are a must experience while in Pretoria. A tribute to those who devoted and gave their lives to freedom, the park and museum is moving and powerful. Perched high above the city, the reed lights, curved walls with the names of the patriots who sacrificed for freedom is impressive. The museum, which opened in Spring 2013, is beautifully designed and will take at least 3 hours to absorb a portion of the information. The grounds are beautiful and well-worth the visit.

Thank Wanderlust2travlers
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Freedom_Park, Webmaster at Freedom Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2014

This is a great review, thank-you for sharing.

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Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

It was a nice visit, but too expensive for what you get. They should either make it cheaper or offer more.
There are no refreshments, so you either have to eat before or take something with you. They do not even offer something to drink.

Thank Willie K
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Freedom_Park, Webmaster at Freedom Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2014

Thank-you for your review. We do have vending machines on the grounds, and are planning on opening a restaurant and coffee shop in due course.

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Reviewed 27 December 2013

Freedom Park opened in April 2013 and is, in my mind, not only one of South Africa's best kept secrets, but also one of the best museums I have visited in South Africa and the rest of the world. Situated on a hilltop opposite the Voortrekker monument, and joined to the Voortrekker monument site by Reconciliation road, it provides a broad overview of South Africa's history including its geological formation, different cultures, ancient and modern history. The museum itself is well laid out, and highly interactive. The park in which it is situated incorporates historical, spiritual and cultural aspects of the country, with a wall of names which includes the names of people who have played a key role in eight conflicts in the country's history, a sacred area, eternal flame and lekgotla area. The staff are exceptionally well trained, friendly and professional. I think Freedom Park should be a must-see site for all tourists, and that every South African who can do so, should try to visit it. Taking the time to go on a guided tour is well worth it.

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Freedom_Park, Webmaster at Freedom Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2014

Thank-you for this brilliant review. You've encapsulated Freedom Park beautifully.

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Reviewed 23 November 2013

A monument built as a memorial to those who sacrificed in the name of freedom. A spiritual place but as an attraction I found it a bit haphazard. The focal point is the eternal flame but it was smaller than I thought and you could not really see it very well. I had a job finding the Wall of Names and there seemed to be paths leading nowhere. There is a 'spiritual resting place' consisting of a circle of stones and a small waterfall but it was hidden away at the end of along path. Why not keep everything in one place? Not enough to see to justify the 45 Rand entry fee.I walked there from town crossing over the footbridge that is to the right of Pretoria station into Salvokop. Didn't feel too safe here. Walked up Koch Street to the visitor centre at the top. They gave me a lift to the park in a golf buggy, and afterwards they dropped me off at the gates to Voortrekker Monument where I walked to next.

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Freedom_Park, Webmaster at Freedom Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2014

Thank-you for your sharing your experience with us.

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