Hector Pieterson Memorial And MuseumCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
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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38% of people who visit Johannesburg include Hector Pieterson Memorial And Museum in their plan
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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
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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.
Emotional experience, endowed with touching history of South Africa linked to the June 16 students massacre of 1976. Visit with family and friends Secure environment and transport services by different tourist companies and shuttering services. Wonderful memorable existence
I visited this memorial museum today and it is about the tragedy that befell over 600 students on June 16, 1976 when they protested against being taught in a language considered to be for the oppressor...Hector was one of the many victims. According to our tour guide, no one knows exactly what happened to the boy who is featured in the iconic photo while carrying Hector to a nearby health facility...
Visiting this museum is both moving and eye-opening. If you have time, do a little reading about the 1976 event the museum commemorates before you arrive and you'll have an even richer experience. This isn't a museum to rush through, either; spend some time reading the descriptions, viewing the pictures, and really try to imagine what things were like in Johannesburg in the 1970s. It's incredible to think about what this country has overcome.
I can't really find the words to properly describe this place. On arrival, you'll find a relatively quiet location, with a few trees, a fountain and oddly placed blocks at the back. Once you know what all that's there actually represents, the entire vibe shifts. I went there with a local guide (As many people do), who described the events that took place a few blocks from there. How young kids met an incredibly dark end at the hands of the very men that were supposed to protect them. Every stone serves a purpose, as a reminder of the things that happened and it's a powerful feeling. If you're in Soweto, definitely pay it a visit and find someone that will tell you what happened. And please, respect the place.