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Address: Corner Nelson Mandela Drive & Owen Street | Bhunga Building, Mthatha 5100, South Africa
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+27 47 532 5110
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A youth center and an open-air museum chronicle the amazing life of one of...

A youth center and an open-air museum chronicle the amazing life of one of South Africa’s most respected political figures.

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Mandalas Living Legacy

I was visiting Umthatha in the Eastern Cape, took a short flight from Johannesburg and landed in Umthatha Airport very nice and clean airport, visited this iconic space where the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2016
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Nelspruit, South Africa
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Nelspruit, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

I was visiting Umthatha in the Eastern Cape, took a short flight from Johannesburg and landed in Umthatha Airport very nice and clean airport, visited this iconic space where the Legends life is told and depicted, it's a well thought out gallery with Mandelas gifts in the setting of his origin, housed in Ibhunga Building. Nelson Mandela life story is... More 

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Reinbeck, Iowa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

The staff at the museum were not that friendly, they didn't have any written information about anything that was on the wAlls. The gift store was showing a video I wanted but it was not available, store copy only, not good business

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Edinburgh
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

We checked the web site and there was no indication the museum was closed for renovation. When we turned up the guard outside said it would open in April - 2 months from now.

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Tunapuna, Trinidad
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

As mentioned by other reviewers, note that there is a main museum in Mthatha itself (apparently still closed according to our B&B hostess) and a smaller one in Qunu. We visited (and review) the latter. Two words: disappointing; lackluster. Having finally located the hilltop museum via GPS, we passed through a manned security gate and were provided secure parking. So... More 

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Herts UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

Please note that I visited the Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage site at Quno, which is administered by the Dept of Arts and Culture and is affiliated to the main museum in Mthatha (which was not open at the time of my visit - some lengthy refurbishment is going on according to rumour). The Heritage Centre is in pristine condition... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

If you have lots of free time, I would stop here but don't do it just because you feel obligated to pay respect of sort. It's more of a place to celebrate and preserve the story of a man as opposed to a "museum". I get the feeling that most of the visitors feel the need to be awed in... More 

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Sandton, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2015

The first one is in Mthatha and still closed. It was supposed to open in 2014 but now it's already 2015 and the building fence is still around the Bhunga Building. There is no proper and secure parking when it will be open again. The second Museum is in Qunu, the place where Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela grew up. Since December... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015

my first time in this museum pity we came in after hours, we saw little and with no guide, there is an illustrative Prison Cell same as the one Madiba lived in, it is small and am shocked he never went crazy in there. One thing that touched me more was the story he told about having to pick between... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2014

This place is a very moving experience, touches your heart. The story of this amazing man is told here in a very informative way. The displays are very well presented. It is here you get to feel the pain and strength of this amazing man. Please allow a least half a day to really appreciate the splendour of this experience.... More 

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Sandton, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2014

I'm coming past here since a few years and can see how this place is deteriorating. It was opened in 2006 by the then prime minister of Lower Saxony (Germany) Mr. Christian Wulff. The two exhibition halls had less and less pieces to show. The one hall was more an interactive place and hardly used. The exhibition halls were not... More 

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