Excellent museum which takes you through the history of apartheid and obviously has a happy ending (although there is still so much to do).
There are very detailed notes to read looking at the subject from a variety of angles, but if you don't want the detail there is a more concise version. There is also a lot of contemporary video footage to go alongside the other material.
If you are going to give it your full attention you could spend easily more than half a day and I would recommend doing so.
It is a very moving experience - it took us quite a while to recover.
Built on the site of the notorious Old Fort prison in Johannesburg, the court is as much a historical site as it is a working museum. It must be the number one spot in the country to appreciate South Africa's past, present and future. Also the architecture is great, uniquely South African and the new court building works very well with the old prison and its walls. The views over the Joburg city centre are also quite amazing.
The Apartheid Museum is not to be missed - you need at least three hours to get round and take in all the information. The museum is experiential - as you walk around you ‘live’ the experiences: walk through cages, past cells, around one of the riot tanks they used in Soweto.
The information is presented on panels, on TV screens transmitting key speeches and reports of events under apartheid, there are audio recordings, memory boxes, videos and audio tapes. There is an attempt to trace the origins of racism and apartheid back to the first settlers, but it is the lived history of apartheid and the bloodshed of the first years of liberation which leave the deepest impression and remind us that the torture techniques and tools of repression used in South Africa under apartheid are still being used today.
I left with many questions and a heavy heart, but full of admiration for those who resisted and their descendants who are trying to rebuild a country where the commonality of human experience is more important than difference.
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