Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum reopens Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibit with a Doon Heritage Village ‘Walk in the Park’ experience

Posted on Monday June 29, 2020

The Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibit at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum will reopen to the public on July 2, 2020. This will allow visitors one month to see the exhibit before it closes on August 3, 2020.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca.Tickets are available for 90-minute bookings and capacity is limited to enable safety protocols that include physical distancing and cleaning.

A Doon Heritage Village ‘Walk in the Park’ experience is included with ticket. Village buildings will be closed, including outdoor washrooms,as they are too small to adhere to provincial and Region of Waterloo Public Health guidelines. The museum main gallery and the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame will also remain closed in response to provincial public health regulations for museums.

“We are pleased we can partially reopen the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum as part of stage two of the provincial reopening plan and allow our visitors an opportunity to see the Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibit before it leaves the Region, because it’s very relevant today. We’re also opening Doon Heritage Village for a ‘Walk in the Park’ experience. Both the exhibit and Village will adhere to provincial and Region of Waterloo Public Health guidelines to provide a safe and healthy experience for everyone,” said Helen Chimirri-Russell, Director of Cultural Services for the Region of Waterloo. 

The Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibition is for everyone who refuses to see the world in black and white. The exhibit is a rich sensory experience of imagery, soundscape, digital media, and objects used to explore the fight for justice and human dignity in South Africa – and its relevance to issues of today. Among its many dramatic visual features and original artifacts, the exhibition replicates Mandela’s eight-foot by seven-foot prison cell. When entered, the cell becomes a digital theatre whose walls tell a story of repression and resilience.

This exhibition was developed by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, Canada) in partnership with the Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg, South Africa).
Tour management services provided by Lord Cultural Resources.

The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum is reopening with reduced operational hours and limited site access. The reduced hours of operation will be Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. starting July 2, 2020. 

The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum is located at 10 Huron Road in Kitchener, Ontario. For more information call 519-748-1914 or visit www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca .