Apartheid referred not just to what places the people could and could not live, visit or freely roam devoid of restrictions. It encompassed far more serious insinuations of racial discriminations. The residents were more often than not dispossessed of their land, opportunities to certain jobs and posts and a complete violation of their rights just because they were black. The Apartheid Museum furnishes a very real depiction on the lines of racial segregation in a society when the era discrimination on skin colour was at its peak. The museum has two entrances marked ‘White’ and ‘Non-white’ which is based on the ticket purchased. Once you have entered through the specific entrance, you will be able to visualise all of the unsettling illustrations of oppression that the people went through by means of audio and video. Nerve-chilling narratives weaving around the struggle towards democracy will invariably trigger tears. The experience on the whole promises to be very revitalizing, to say the least.
Spread across seven hectares, this museum is a quintessential example of brilliant architecture and interior designing, space and landscape taking its visitors through a scarring albeit, an emotional experience in the lives of people who were humiliated and abused on the basis of skin colour.
This museum is a must see for anyone who wants to understand the paradigm shift that the people of South Africa went through during the era of Apartheid. The man who played a chief role in the struggle for democracy has a huge exhibit in the museum where a visitor comes to understand the legend that was, Nelson Mandela.
The museum is next to Gold Reef City on the corner of Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Road, Ormonde, Johannesburg. It's easily accessible off the De Villiers Graaff highway (take Exit 7 and follow the Gold Reef City signs).