Attractions that are open this Freedom Day

  • 23 April 2015 | Sarah Came
The Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

You could recommend a visit to Constitution Hill as the ideal outing for your guests this Freedom Day. What better way is there to celebrate the freedom of our country than by visiting Constitution Hill, the monument and museum erected to memorialise the founding of the new Constitution governing South Africa? Tours of Constitution Hill start every hour on the hour, and it will be open from 10am to 3pm on Freedom Day.

A woman examines one of the displays at Mandela House

Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

We can only appreciate freedom if we understand the oppression that preceded it. You could recommend that your guests visit the Apartheid Museum to learn about the dark days that we have been through so that they can fully appreciate the light that we now live in. Visiting the Apartheid Museum is not recommended for people younger than 11 years due to the graphic nature of some of the displays. The Apartheid Museum is open from 9am to 5pm on Freedom Day.

Nelson Mandela House Museum, Soweto

If your guests are inclined to enjoy historical outings, you could suggest a visit to Mandela House, which happens to be on the only street in the world where two Nobel Prize laureates have lived. Mandela House is the house in which Nelson Mandela and his family lived for many years. It has now become a museum and visitor attraction that tells the story of Mandela’s life. Mandela House is open from 9am to 4.45pm daily and tour guides are available to show your guests around.

SAB World of Beer, Johannesburg

For something more light-hearted, your guests can visit the SAB World of Beer this Freedom Day. The World of Beer is the definitive home of beer in South Africa, uncovering the history of this fascinating beverage through a fun, creative and informative tour. From the origins of beer, to insights to its South African story and the brewing process, this tour is essential for anyone who is passionate about beer and curious about its role in South African life. The World of Beer is open from 10am to 6pm, seven days a week, starting on Freedom Day itself.

Nelson Mandela Museum, Mthatha, Eastern Cape

For guests in the Eastern Cape, suggest a visit to the Nelson Mandela Museum, which opened in 2000 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Mandela’s release from prison. The museum covers three sites: Mandela’s birthplace in Mvezo; Qunu, the village where he spent his childhood; and the Bhunga Building in Mthatha, which houses displays depicting the life of the great leader. The museum will be open from 9am to 4pm on Freedom Day.

Nelson Mandela Memorial, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal

This memorial marks the site where Nelson Mandela was captured at a roadblock in 1961 before his 27-year imprisonment. The astounding artwork erected to mark the 50-year anniversary of his capture appears to be just a set of 50 columns, until you move around it and Mandela’s face is revealed. If your guests are going to be anywhere in the area, suggest that they visit it to feel the sense of the not-so-distant past reverberate around them.

Looking back at Cape Town from Robben Island

Robben Island, Cape Town

Few things capture the reality of what our country has been through better than a visit to the prison in which Mandela spent many of his years of captivity. 

Three tours to the island will depart on Freedom Day – at 9am, 11am and 1pm.

V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Once your guests have had their fill of history, they could visit the V&A Waterfront, where the spirit of celebration will be in full swing. There will be various musicians performing and shows around the waterfront, and all of the events are free.