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Mandela House Museum

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Mandela House Museum, on historic Vilakazi Street in Soweto, strives to be a world-class visitor attraction and a leading centre for the preservation, presentation and research of the history, heritage and legacy of the Mandela Family. Mandela House Museum has undergone a carefully researched restoration to reflect the history of the family who lived here. Renovations include exhibitions and information relevant to the site, making it an interesting and worthwhile tourist destination. Mandela House Museum was reopened in March 2009.

Historical significance: The house was built in 1945, as part of a Johannesburg City tender for new houses in Orlando. Nelson Mandela moved here in 1946 with his first wife, Evelyn Ntoko Mase, and his first son. They divorced in 1957, and from 1958 he was joined in the house by his second wife Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela (Winnie). He was to spend little time here in the ensuing years, as his role in struggle activities became all-consuming and he was forced underground (1961), living a life on the run until his arrest and imprisonment in 1962, and sentence to life imprisonment in 1964. He returned to Mandela House Museum, 8115 Orlando West, for a brief 11 days after his release from Robben Island in 1990, before finally moving to his present home in Houghton.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, herself harassed by the security forces and imprisoned numerous times, lived in the house with her daughters until her own exile to Brandfort in 1977, where she remained under house arrest until 1986. The family continued to occupy the house until after he was released from prison. The house was subsequently turned into a museum.

Museum Shop: Selected quality branded merchandise exclusive to Mandela House Museum is for sale on site.

Entrance: R40 (Adult AU), R60 (Adult Int.), reduced rates for pensioners/scholars.

Contact Details:

011 936 7754


Vilakazi Street, Soweto

Opening & Closing Times:

9am−5pm (7 days a week)