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A personal message from Mr. Mandela

6 March 2005

To Whom It May Concern


The Nelson Mandela Museum is a not for profit institution established by the government of South Africa as part of a portfolio of legacy projects that seek to transform the heritage landscape from our apartheid past. At the same time, it is a resource for promoting economic development throughout tourism in an impoverished region of the country. This is a region in which I was born and grew up.

I was privileged to open the Museum five years ago, and continue to take personal interest in its work. In our view it is working hard to give substance to its vision of becoming “a living museum….. that embraces development and inspires people through education, culture and tourism.”

We would encourage and value any assistance which you are in a position to give to the Museum.

I thank you


Nelson R. Mandela 1918- 2013

“Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished” –  Nelson Mandela

Guided Tours

The Nelson Mandela Museum situated in Bhunga Building, Mthatha houses a significant collection that comprises of the gifts received by Nelson R Mandela.

The museum boasts tours ranging from group tours as well as individual tours. Our tour options are customised to accommodate every individual that sets foot inside the iconic Bhunga Building. There are two notable exhibitions supplemented by the collection of gifts, the Meaning of Mandela as well as the Mandela and Luthuli In Conversation Exhibition.

The Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre in Qunu is closed for renovation however village tours are still offered. Mqhekezweni Great Place, another prime destination associated to Nelson Mandela’s long walk to freedom, offers tours at a fee of R60 p/p.

Optionally: if the tourist wants to interact with the locals, the museum can make an arrangement however those must be booked in advance.

To book a tour of the museum, Ms Mvitshane, the museum’s Tours Coordinator is available on (047) 501 9515 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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Monday – Friday from 09h00 – 16h00

Except for Good Friday and workers day on 1st  May.

Saturday: 09h00- 15h00

Sunday :  09h00- 13h00

Guided tours can only be made per arrangement or per booking.

For any other time not mentioned above, please arrange in advance to gain access.


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Appointed Date: 06 June 2019


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