At times you feel overwhelmed by the screens and the sound and the powerful images they are projecting. The Museum leads you through room after room in a zigzag of shapes, some with tall roofs, some dark and gloomy, some looking through to other images behind bars or cages that make it clear that apartheid was not only immoral, but evil.
And just when you feel you can’t tolerate the bombardment of your senses any longer, you reach a quiet space, with a glass case which contains a book of the new Constitution of South Africa, and pebbles on the floor. You can express your solidarity with the victims of apartheid by placing your own pebble on a pile, and take a book. You’ll then walk out into a grassland with paths which take you to a small lake – you’ll need this reflective time.
The multimedia displays are not static – visitors can interact by adding their contributions. There are blown-up monolith figures in transparent cases of the descendants of the first people who came to the Witwatersrand, with their artefacts in cabinets on the wall beside them – you can leave your historical artefacts and have your photograph put in one of these cases. There is a recording studio in which you can leave your experiences under apartheid for others to hear.