About The Apartheid Museum

As part of South African history, the Apartheid Museum will take you on a new type of experience.

You will be immersed in an experience of racial segregation which was at the base of Apartheid: non-whites South Africans were being racially distinguished by their esthetics and race, and just like that, their own identity and most innate expressions of life were almost gone, if not completely wiped out. The museum has a lot to offer to its visitors; a vast historical background on the era, pictures and contact reminders of the many brutalities non-whites were forced to undergo, physically and spiritually.

As cruel as it sounds, this place is a spot you would want to see as history is what has made us all into who we are today, to one another.

An eye-opening museum where you get to learn a lot about Mandela and the Apartheid happenings, racial issues and politics going on back in the 19th Century.  It is a sad look at human behaviour, very provoking and very well presented. It illustrates the rise and fall of South Africa’s era of separation and oppression. It has the implementation of the apartheid system, as well as inspiring stories of the struggle towards democracy. It’s invaluable to know about the inequalities and tensions that still exist today. Here a very sensitive topic is handled well. The memorial style art pieces work perfectly in synchronous with the detailed exhibitions to bring the complex history to life. There is so much to learn about the struggles during apartheid and the continuing challenges to bring racial and economic equality. You'll feel emotionally drained here. There is a cafe near the exit as well as a souvenir shop. 

Much like the name itself the Apartheid Museum displays a graphical illustration of different apartheid stories. From newspaper clippings to photographs, from soul stirring personal accounts to film footage, there is much to explore and comprehend. Every corner of the museum will take you down the history and the emotions attached to the bygone era. Know the history of South Africa, and understand the path of suppression that once enveloped the people here. If you are interested in knowing the stories of struggle, this is a place you must definitely visit.

Must See

The museum has around 22 individual exhibition areas.
These areas include artifacts, photographs, film footages about the rise and fall of the apartheid era.
If you are lucky you may also get to see the exhibition, which is organized on a temporary basis.
The most interesting part of the museum is the entrance, where visitors are segregated into ‘non-whites’ and ‘whites’ and are let through different doorways. This gives a strong idea of how people were treated during that era.
Inside the museum you will find exhibitions that include “Apartheid”, “The Turn to Violence”, “The Homelands” and “The Truth and Reconciliation Commission”.

  •  Exclusive photographs
  •  Videos
  •  Restored Press clips
  •  Personal artefacts and moving anecdotes.

How to reach

To reach the Apartheid Museum you can either take a tour bus or hire a cab. If you have time to explore, a hired cab or taxi would be the best option, as the tour buses will give you specific timeline to visit the museum. Popular tour buses are Bus Rea Vaya and Bus Sightseeing South Africe; and the best hired taxi service is the Uber.

Apartheid Museum is 6. 4 K.M away from Johannesburg.

By bus, it takes 25 minutes to reach with a minimum fare of R 14.64

By car, it takes 8 minutes to reach with a minimum fare of R 117.12


  • Take time to explore, as each and every thing in the museum has a story to tell. 
  • You may have to pay few extra amounts if you take a tour guide. 
  • Visit the nearby highlights, including the Constitution Hill, which was a former prison
  • Try to give yourself enough time to see everything.
  • Leave before 5 to avoid the crowds.
  • The history here might get you emotional.
  • Get comfortable shoes and clothing.
  • The museum doesn't allow you to take photos inside but you can take photos outside of the museum.
  • The Apartheid Museum exhibits a remarkable collection of photographs, videos, press clips, personal artifacts and moving anecdotes.
  • The museum is located at the Gold Reef City campus in Ormonde.
  • The museum has 25 individual exhibit area.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for a lot of walking.
  • The powerful photographs of Ernest Cole are areal mind shaker.
  • Guided tours available for a group of 15
  • Photography only after permissions 

Visit Time

Sunday:      9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday:      Closed

Tuesday:      9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday:     9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday:         9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday:     9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Museum is closed on Mondays, Good Friday, Christmas Day and on New Year's Day

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Entrance Fee


The entree fee for adults is R95.00
For pensioners, university students and children it is R80.00

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Time you can spend

A brief exploration would take around 2 hours. However, if you want to know the story behind each display, you need to take quality time with you.


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