The Apartheid Museum

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The Apartheid Museum is a museum complex in Johannesburg, South Africa dedicated to illustrating apartheid and the 20th century history of South Africa. The structure pictured here is owned by Gold Reef - the Casino Company.

The Apartheid Museum of South Africa
The Apartheid Museum of South Africa

The South African government created a process to grant casino licenses, and established an agency called the Gambling Board. As a part of any bid to build a casino in South Africa, developers are required to demonstrate how their casino would attract tourism and stimulate job growth.

The Apartheid Museum of South Africa
The Apartheid Museum of South Africa

A consortium, called Akani eGoli, put in a bid to build a casino in Gold Reef City whose plans included a complex called Freedom Park. Their bid was successful, and space was created for the complex next to Gold Reef City Casino. The name of Freedom Park was later changed The Apartheid Museum at Freedom Park leading to the name controversy and legal action. The construction costs of the Apartheid Museum were around 80 million Rand, which was paid for by Akani eGoli.

The Apartheid Museum of South Africa
The Apartheid Museum of South Africa

The museum was registered as a Section 21 company, which means that it was incorporated not for profit, with an independent board of trustees. The company is separate from Akani eGoli, which has leased the museum to the Section 21 company for the duration of its casino licence. The museum therefore relies on donations, contributions, and sponsorships to sustain its growth.

The Apartheid Museum of South Africa
The Apartheid Museum of South Africa

Open from 9am-5pm, the Museum is closed Mondays, Good Friday and Christmas Day. Admission costs R55 for adults and R40 for pensioners, students and children. An audio guide is available. Guided tours are an additional R5 per person and must be booked in advance. If you proceed at a reasonable pace you should be able to view and engage with the permanent exhibition in 2 hours. The museum also has an ongoing programme of temporary exhibitions so add an extra 15 minutes to your visit for this.

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