Apartheid Museum

A colourful look at South Africa’s emotional and inspirational history.


  • Experience apartheid South Africa
  • Visit a series of 22 exhibition areas
  • View provocative film, photographs, text panels and artefacts


The award-winning and internationally acclaimed Apartheid Museum recounts the political upheavals in South Africa over the last century. It covers the tragic past of Apartheid, as well as the transition from a racist state into Africa’s beacon of hope at the turn of the century. The exhibition is emotional and inspiring, covering tyranny and freedom, tragedy and heroism, chaos and peace


The building of the museum was set in motion in 1995, when the South African government established the Gambling Board – an agency for the granting of casino licenses. The bid required bidders to demonstrate how they would attract tourism, grow the economy and create jobs. The Akani Egoli (Gold Reef City) consortium put in a bid that included the commitment to building a museum. Their bid was successful, and the Gold Reef City Casino was built with the land next to it given for the construction of a museum. The Apartheid Museum was then opened in 2001 and is the first museum of its kind to illustrate the rise and fall of apartheid.

Contact Details

Day Open Close
Monday 09:00 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 17:00
Thursday 09:00 17:00
Friday 09:00 17:00
Saturday 09:00 17:00
Sunday 09:00 17:00

Closed: 25 December, 1 January, Good Friday

Phone: +27 (0)11 309 4700
Website: www.apartheidmuseum.org

Directions to the Apartheid Museum

Advice for visitors

The content of the museum is emotional and not for the faint-hearted. Upon admission, visitors are randomly given a ‘white’ or ‘black’ ticket to demonstrate what fate would have been handed them in apartheid. From there, the museum proceeds to do a superb job of providing multiple perspectives. We recommend spending no less than two hours visiting the museum to allow for enough time to engage with the exhibitions. And, for only R10 extra, the guided tours are well worth it. Before leaving, make sure to pop into the book shop as it has a fantastic selection of books and other material.

Did you know

The Apartheid Museum cost approximately 80m rand to construct and was paid for by Gold Reef City Casino.

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