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Address: 130 Ordnance Rd, Durban, South Africa
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+27 31 311 2233
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This is Durban’s evocative and graphic apartheid museum and includes an...

This is Durban’s evocative and graphic apartheid museum and includes an interesting beer brewing and distribution exhibit.

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Small, local apartheid museum

My guidebook prepared me not to expect too much of this museum. Good thing because while it was interesting and worth seeing, it didn't really teach me much that I didn't already... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 January 2017
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

My guidebook prepared me not to expect too much of this museum. Good thing because while it was interesting and worth seeing, it didn't really teach me much that I didn't already know. It was interesting to see how apartheid caused suffering in Durban but was not as meaningful as going to Robben Island, for example.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

I was surprised to find a whole room taken up by HIV education. One member of staff not very helpful and unable to explain the HIV exhibit. Another member of staff found asleep in a lecture room, she was very indignant at being disturbed! From all the museums visited Durban appears to playing up Apartheid and is not paying any... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We visited as part of a walking tour and found a very informative museum with a detailed exhibitions on HIV and Apartheid. A small museum that will not take a huge amount of time to explore but an important part of Durban's history.

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

This is the place to go if you want to learn about how Blacks were treated if they want to get permit to seek work in Durban during the apartheid era between 1910 to 1975.

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Durban, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

I took a visitor from Norway to this museum an felt VERY let down. The staff didn't even seem to notice that we were there. No friendly greetings, no informative help, just nothing. The displays were also very rundown.... Durban can and should do a better job of this very important museum!

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Derby, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

Despite checking websites - and the board outside - were dropped off here to find it was closed on New Year's Eve (which is a normal working day).

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Westville, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016

This trip gives a great idea of how bad the segregation was during the apartheid times in South Africa. From bars to taxis to dompasses, this museum bares it all perfectly.

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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

I found this small museum to be very interesting and gave a good understanding of apartheid. The photos were intense illustrations of what went on during that time. One display which I keep remembering is a huge (6 foot) blow up of the passport all blacks had to have on their persons at all times. Each page was reproduced so... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

Sadly I left this museum not much wiser than when I arrived. I think it has lots of potential, but the history and message was not put across clearly.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

We had a hard time finding this museum ( not sure why) but it was well worth it. The displays are very interesting and the detailed plaques are worth reading. A good stop for history fans and photography fans while they have the National Geographic photo exhibit on display (two rooms and a few hallways are lined with photos). 

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