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TThe award winning and internationally acclaimed Apartheid Museum recounts the political upheavals beginning in the last century and moves on to the transition from a racist state into Africa's beacon of hope as the century turned again. The stark exterior of the museum immediately brings to mind images of detention, oppression and division and sets the stage for your interactive journey through the darkest years in South African history. The path through the museum leads you on a journey beginning with segregation, the cornerstone of apartheid. It takes you back through the history of the myriad culture converging during the pre-apartheid era. Through the years of race classification, the 150 acts of apartheid, detentions, and the oppression of the nationalist regime. You will examine the rise of black consciousness, the armed struggle and finally witness the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years of imprisonment which led to the final negotiations for peace. The Apartheid Museum experience is one of upliftment and liberation both personally and socially and leaves each visitor with a feeling of hope for the future, unburdened by the past.