We are open Tues to Sun from 9h00 to 17h00.

Admission Fee

(Price increases below are applicable from 1 May 2013)

Adults: R65.00
Pensioners, students and children: R50.00
Learners: R20.00
Teachers: R25.00








Tribute to Nelson Mandela  1918 - 2013


Nelson Mandela, the father of the nation affectionately known as Madiba, has gone to rest. He has left the world a legacy which will endure and inspire future generations in the knowledge that their freedom is owed to him and others in their struggle to overcome discrimination and prejudice.


His gift and message is not only pertinent to those who suffered under the draconian apartheid concept of segregation and second class status for black South Africans, but to the millions who find themselves in similar circumstances today in other parts of the world. It is Nelson Mandela's message of negotiation and reconciliation - in moving beyond the yoke of servitude and conflict to a position of building a new nation based on the principles of equality, non-racism, non-sexism and equal opportunity - that finds resonance in the hearts and minds of the international community and the world at large.


Mandela regarded the 27 years he had to endure in prison as small measure for the reward of the freedom of his people - both friend and foe alike - who make up the citizens of South Africa and by extension the citizenry of the world. The principle of reconciliation he held up as his mantra endeared him to all, including his former jailers. And then came the first democratic elections, standing in line for hours in 1994 to vote, the majority for the first time, in excitement and incredulity, experiencing the previously unimaginable. Freedom!


This great man would no doubt see the outpouring of admiration and gratitude, tinged with sorrow, spontaneously being articulated from every corner of the planet, as a collective salute to the millions who endured the excesses of an inhumane and brutal system which was overcome with courage and sacrifice. He would no doubt downplay his own role in this struggle for dignity and emancipation. 


The acknowledgment of being awarded the Noble Peace Prize and the United Nations honouring his birthday on the 18 July every year as International Nelson Mandela Day, ensures that this humility, extraordinary leadership and pinnacle of human achievement is rightly recognised as we honour and remember him and share in his legacy as a beloved citizen of the world.


You will be with us always! Hamba kahle, tata! Go well father!  


Christopher Till


Apartheid Museum




Mandela has been central to every stage of South Africa’s epic struggle against apartheid – from formulating a new approach in the 1940s to leading the mass struggles of the 1950s, from the formation of Umkhonto we Siswe in the early 1960s to imprisonment for 27 years. He initiated and led negotiations in the 1990s, and served as the first President of a democratic South Africa. He built a new nation from the fragments of conflict.

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A major exhibition on the life and times of OR TAMBO has been curated

by the Apartheid Museum, in association with the Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation and ACSA.

It opened at the Slave Lodge in Cape Town in March 2013,

and will be on display there until March 2014.



The exhibiton tells the remarkable story of how OR Tambo

turned the struggle against apartheid into one of the largest global movements of the 20th century.



Our Triumphs and Our Tears: Online Exhibition
Women’s struggles in 20th century South Africa
An exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Women’s March\









"I remember the first man to the moon, when he set his foot on the moon, he said this is a little step forward for mankind. I ask myself, is my child and grandchildren mankind?"
- Lilian Ngoyi


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