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For a thorough understanding of South Africa's appalling apartheid era, a visit to Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum is a must. The museum features a series of graphic yet informative exhibits, including an array of hanging nooses that represent the execution of 131 government opponents and a series of televisions that show footage of anti-apartheid residents being attacked and killed. The museum also features several interactive exhibits, such as a room where visitors are invited to move a stone from the right to a pile on the left to show their commitment to fighting discrimination and racism. There's also two museum entrances – one for whites and one for nonwhites – to denote the physical separations once apparent during apartheid.
Although several recent travelers warned that you will feel emotional while making your way through this attraction, many agreed that the Apartheid Museum's heartbreaking atmosphere is necessary to help you truly understand what occurred during this period. And remember to take your time here. With so much information to digest, at least a few hours (if not a full day) is recommended.
The Apartheid Museum is located across the street from Gold Reef City theme park, about 4 miles southwest of downtown Jozi. The attraction is a stop on City Sightseeing South Africa's Red City Tour, or visitors can drive and park in the on-site parking lot. Open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Good Friday and Christmas Day, the museum costs 75 rand (roughly $5) for adults and 60 rand (or $4) for children. Guided tours – which must be booked in advance and are not offered on Mondays – are also available for an additional 5 rand per person.
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