If you are new to South Africa or want to take a tour of South Africa this time, visit its museums. These museums are recommended to tourists because of their complex cultural, political and social value.
Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg
Opened in 2001, the museum reflects the era of apartheid rule and how South Africa struggles with its repressive past. The exhibitions have been carefully assembled and organized by a group of directors, filmmakers, historians, and designers. The museum includes various films, photographs, text panels, and artifacts depicting events and stories from 1948 to 1994.
Hill Constitution Museum, Johannesburg
Hill’s constitution documents South Africa’s journey to democracy. It was a prison and a military fortress, but now it has become the constitutional court that guarantees the rights of all citizens. The tour guide takes visitors to Women’s Prisons and Prison No. 4 (built for black prisoners), and finally to court, telling them about what happened there.
Sixth District Museum, Cape Town
District Six joined Cape Town in the mid-nineteenth century as a mixed community of free slaves, workers, and immigrants. In the middle of the twentieth century, the area was cleared of blacks as a “white zone” and forced exile and demolition of black homes began. One way to explore South Africa’s historical heritage is to tour the area. Visitors travel to the lives of former residents of the area and understand its social, economic, and cultural identities.
Franschhoek Motor Museum
The Franschhoek Motor Museum is the best museum in South Africa to explore the history of motor vehicles, including motorcycles. The museum has more than 220 models, including an 1898 Boston bicycle trailer as well as a French Ferrari Enzo SuperSport. More than 80 exhibitions are displayed in four halls in chronological order.
National Museum of Natural History
The National Museum of Natural History, formerly known as the Transvaal Museum, showcases South Africa’s natural heritage. The exhibitions include various animal fossils and examples of amphibians, fish, invertebrates, mammals, and more.