Hector Pieterson Memorial And Museum

Currently Closed
  • Address: 8287-8288 Khumalo Street, Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
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  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +27-115362253
  • Ticket Price: 30 ZAR
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museums, Memorial, Family And Kids

The Hector Pieterson Memorial was built in the honour of child martyr Hector Pierterson, who was fatally shot during the revolution against the apartheid movement. The Memorial is situated in the martyr site in Orlando West where Hector was shot during the open firing by the South African police. Later, the Museum was extended to accommodate a section for the public exhibit of the revolutionary mementoes during the national struggle against apartheid. The Museum also includes the mementoes and sacrificial artefacts of the other commoners who were shot or killed during the freedom movement.

The Hector Pierterson Memorial is financially governed jointly by the Johannesburg City Council and the Department of Environment Affairs. Gradually enlarged and developed as a museum in the honour of martyrs, the starting venue of visit of the museum is the memoir section of Hector Pierterson. The memoirs are displayed and illustrated through high precision audio and visual recordings. 

  • Antoinette- the sister of Hector Museum, who was with her brother on the tragic day, is a special tour guide at the Museum.

  • Adults R30, Pensioners have no charge, Students (13 and above) R10, No foreign currency or travelers cheques accepted.

  • Closed on 26th December because of the public holiday for the Day of Goodwill.

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  • Hector Pieterson Memorial And Museum Address: 8287-8288 Khumalo Street, Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Hector Pieterson Memorial And Museum Contact Number: +27-115362253
  • Hector Pieterson Memorial And Museum Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Hector Pieterson Memorial And Museum Price: 30 ZAR
  • Best time to visit Hector Pieterson Memorial And Museum(preferred time): 10:00 am - 01:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Hector Pieterson Memorial And Museum: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 37.87% of people who visit Johannesburg include Hector Pieterson Memorial And Museum in their plan

  • 54.85% of people start their Hector Pieterson Memorial And Museum visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Hector Pieterson Memorial And Museum

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

74.27% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Hector Pieterson Memorial And Museum

People normally club together Vilakazi Street and Wandies Place while planning their visit to Hector Pieterson Memorial And Museum.

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  • I couldn't stay inside the Museum for very long owing to the upset it caused me. It was seeing the huge truck they drove into the crowds of young protesters that really made me cry. Anyone who lived through the 80s may recall the photo of Hector Pieterson, the dead child being carried by a child through the streets of Soweto. It's an iconic photo of that decade. The Museum exhibits are quite moving and do an excellent job of placing you right in the epicenter of the youth led Soweto uprising.

  • Thought-provoking, painful yet powerful place. The History of South Africa is a sad reality amd this place is a must see for everyone, regardless of race. Like I said, it's painful but beautifully captured and really transports you back to those days. Unfortunately, no photography inside (apparently) so you can really be in the moment and think about the impact of the past, and hope for a better tomorrow. The best part of it is that you can opt for a solo walk through so you can really take your time reading everything and watching all the black-and-white retro documentaries.

  • The feeling I got when I arrived there is to this day something I can't explain. It's like I could feel the struggle that went down on that day. Looking at the picture carved on the rock and looking around seeing youth walking around freely enjoying their time I could see what that youth was fighting for. I'm grateful for their sacrifices. RIP to the youth who died in the 1976 uprising.

  • When visiting Johannesburg, give this place a visit. Will give you an idea of how the 1976 student uprising started. Helpful tour guides that gives full explanations of the site. Very interesting.

  • Emotional memorial which makes you take stock of where we come from as a nation. How far we have come and how much further we still need to go. I took my parents and, my kids and my nephew who fully appreciated the museum. Their presentation is impeccable, you relive a horrid period in our lives. A pivotal period of what transpired on 16 June 1976. It was my second visit and I know I will go again to share our history with more friends, family and my International visitors who also appreciated the institution. Visit it and try understand or remind yourself who we are. Teach those who don't know. Our history is shared to build us as a people and remind us not to repeat it. We should ALL own it.

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