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TThe Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is committed to preserving the work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a non-profit organisation. Situated in Houghton, Johannesburg, it is a place dedicated to keeping the memory and the legacy of Nelson Mandela alive.
History and the preservation of the past was very important to Mandela and it is evident that the Nelson Mandela Foundation is committed to the preservation of archives, documents, awards and photographic records that chronicle the late global icon's life.
TThe centre was founded in 2004 as a publicly accessible archive, and their focus has always been on the life and times of Mandela and his dedication to social justice.
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
TThe personal artefacts and exhibitions, which are permanently on display, outline his life and the context of his struggle for freedom. Letters from prison, personal photographs and his Nobel Peace prize all have pride of place at the centre.
Entry to the permanent exhibition, The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela, is free of charge, but it is a good idea to book a tour beforehand via the online booking facility. If you are interested in a visit to the centre you can call ahead to make the necessary arrangements.
MMany say you can feel Mandela’s presence when you take a walk around the office where Mandela worked from 2002 to 2010. Here you will see his books, his personal desk and even the chair he sat in. It is a special place upholding all that is good about Nelson Mandela.
Pretoria Central Prison is arguably the most infamous prison where Mandela was held before he was transferred to Robben Island.
Paul Kruger Street Synagogue, the first synagogue to be constructed in Pretoria, was expropriated by the government in 1952 and converted into a special Supreme Court.
Emirates Airline Park played a significant role in South African sporting history, after hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.
National Archives and Records Service of South Africa - the Reading Room is open for public use and is free of charge.
The Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Facility gallows is now a museum. It memorialises the 3500 souls who lost their lives here.
The FNB Stadium continues to be the preferred platform of choice for the Soweto Derby featuring Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
The Mandela House in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, is now a small but interesting museum where you can learn more about Nelson Mandela's life.
Dr. A.B. Xuma’s house in Sophiatown tells the story of a way of life during apartheid.
Have you ever wondered where we, human beings, came from? What led to this evolutionary revolution on Planet Earth? All of the answers can be found in one place: the Cradle of Humankind.