Hector Pieterson Memorial
It's the picture that became the face of the struggle against apartheid - Hector Pieterson being carried away from the bloodbath that marked the 16 June 1976 uprising. That history is remembered at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum.
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Remembering 16 June

16 June
16 June is a day of reflection and remembrance. The day, in 1976, that students from Soweto began a peaceful march in protest against the use of Afrikaans as the means of teaching in township schools. The day the apartheid security forces opened fire on learners and ignited an uprising across the country. More



The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum collects, preserves and interprets the memory, legacy and history of the 1976 national uprisings. Since its inception in 2002 it has developed a diverse collection of oral testimonies, historical documents and the material culture of the uprisings.



Programmes and workshops are offered to schools and teachers. The museum works closely with the various heritage institutions on national, provincial and local levels. We also run research assistance and mentorship programmes. The Museum Youth Forum offers diverse activities such as dialogues, debates, drama, poetry, music and so on. There are also numerous outreach projects for the Disadvantaged People’s Project, Disabled People’s Project, senior citizens’ projects and so on.

Profile of Curator
Kwezi Gule is determined that the museums in Soweto – the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Kliptown Open Air Museum – take into account the contemporary stories of today.




Contact us

Khwezi Gule
Tel:  011 536 0611
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Plan your visit

Where to find us:

8287 Khumalo Street
Orlando West

Tel: +27 (0)11 536 0611/0612/0613
Fax: +27 (0)11 536 1465


Opening hours:

Mondays to Fridays, 10 am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4.30pm (Closed on Christmas Day and the Day of Goodwill)



R25 for adults
R5 for students and pensioners



Book shop and coffee shop



Parking next to the museum.



Tours are available for any interested parties and school groups. Bookings for schools is essential.

Walk the trail

With very little to lose, thousands of students took on the apartheid government - and ultimately won. Starting at Morris Isaacson High School, a heritage trail follows their route.