GOLD REEF CITY AND APARTHEID MUSEUM TOUR: (around 8 hours)
Hours allocated include travelling time.
Apartheid Museum is a Museum complex in Johannesburg. It is acknowledged as a Pre-eminent Museum in the World dealing with the Apartheid story in South Africa. Apartheid Museum illustrates the Apartheid history and Post- Apartheid era of South Africa.
An Architectural consortium, comprising several leading Architectural firms, conceptualised the design of the building on a 7 hectare stand. The museum is a superb example of design ,space and landscape offering the International community a unique South African experience.
The exhibits have been assembled and organised by a multi- disciplinary team of Curators, Film-makers ,historians and designers. They include film footages, Photographs, Text panels and Artefacts.
A series of 22 individual exhibitions takes the visitor through a dramatic emotional journey of racial discrimination.
For anyone wanting to understand and experience what
Apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to Apartheid museum is fundamental.
The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own.
Nelson Mandela's exhibition is currently on at the Apartheid Museum. Mandela's exhibition examines his undoubted Strengths and Greatness, but does not shy away from his Weaknesses too. Mandela's extra-ordinary life is explored through seven themes: CHARACTER, COMRATE, LEADER, PENSIONER, NEGOTIATOR and STATESMAN Narratives are presented through dramatically visual wall display, supported by film displays of original artefacts. A tour to the apartheid museum is a must for any visitor, who wants to understand the history of Apartheid.
The Pillars of the Constitution
South Africa’s new democratic constitution, contains guarantees of Equality ,more extensive than anywhere else in the world. At its heart are seven fundamental values, which are represented by Pillars in the first courtyard visitors encounter on arrival at the museum: democracy, Equality, reconciliation, diversity, responsibility, respect and freedom.
Gold Reef City
Gold Reef City is located South of Johannesburg.
The site where Gold Reef City is situated is an old gold mine and it has been modelled to resemble the gold rush and the gold rich history of Johannesburg. The area was flooded by Prospectors after the discovery of Gold in 1886. Over its 90-year lifespan the mine produced some 1.4 million kilograms of gold, blasted out of the ground by 30 000 miners.
With its Victorian houses and geological displays, it offers many fascinating insights into life in Johannesburg long before the technological age. In the centre of Gold Reef City stands Shaft No 14, opened in 1887 and closed after 84 years of operation in 1971.