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Nelson Mandela Museum

Eastern Cape, South Africa

The Nelson Mandela Museum was officially opened on 11 February 2000, to coincide with the tenth anniversary of his release from prison in 1990. Nelson Mandela insisted that the museum was not to be a static collection and tribute to him, but a living memorial to his values and vision. It was to inspire and enrich all who visit it and serve as a catalyst for development and share the heritage resources linked to him.

His gift is a living one, that embodies his commitment to the principles of human rights, freedom, peace and democracy. Located in Qunu (Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre) and in Mthatha (Bhunga Building ). At Qunu, the young Rolihlahla assumed the name Nelson, as was the custom at missionary schools. In his book “Long Walk to Freedom” Madiba states that Qunu is where he spent the happiest moments of his childhood. Visitors are able to view various exhibitions and several sites directly associated with Nelson Mandela, such as the ruins of the school he attended.

The Nelson Mandela Museum is more than a place; it is an experience that allows visitors to follow the footprints of the man affectionately known as ‘Madiba’, who’s long walk to freedom began in the foothills that rise from the banks of the Mbashe River in Mvezo. Enquire about the accommodation available.


Qunu, Mthatha, in the footprints...

Opening & Closing Times:

The Museum sites are open seven days a week except Workers' Day.

Open: 9am–4pm (Mon-Fri); 9am–3pm (Sat); 9am–1pm (Sun).

For tour bookings: 047 501 9500. Free guided tours