Mandela: Struggle for Freedom

This exhibit is only open for a limited time and closes August 3, 2020. Timed tickets are on sale now.

Tickets are available for 90-minute bookings and capacity is limited. The last available admission begins at 3:30 p.m. A Doon Heritage Village ‘Walk in the Park’ experience is included with your ticket. Patrons will have limited site access to enable physical distancing and increased cleaning. The main gallery and the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame will remain closed.

Note Regional Council has passed a Face Covering Bylaw that makes it mandatory for residents to wear face coverings in enclosed public places that include museums. Please plan to wear a mask when visiting the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum. The by-law exempts children under the age of five and those who are unable to wear a face covering (due to a medical condition, disability, etc.).

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The exhibition is for everyone who refuses to see the world in black and white. Mandela: Struggle for Freedom is a rich sensory experience of imagery, soundscape, digital media, and objects used to explore the earthshaking 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. Share your visit on social media with #MandelaExhibit.

COVID-19 Precautions in Place for Your Visit:

  • Reduced visitor capacity
  • One-way direction flow through exhibit and village
  • Physical distancing maintained for all visitors and staff
  • Increased cleaning of common area surfaces
  • Availability of alcohol-based hand sanitizer throughout the museum

Information for Region of Waterloo Museums Members:

  • All current memberships have been extended to account for the time the museum was closed
  • Book your visit in advance to reserve your place. Walk-in visits may be unavailable due to reduced visitor capacity.
  • Enter your 8-digit membership number (on the back of your membership card, underneath the barcode) as the Promo Code to access free membership tickets.

Members from reciprocal museum partners, please call 519-748-1914 (Thursday through Sunday) to reserve your tickets.

Posters for Freedom

Many anti-apartheid posters were screen-printed, a printmaking technique characterized by a grassroots aesthetic. Created in South Africa and around the world, the messages of these posters still resonate today as people continue the struggle for freedom. Design your own poster!

The Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibition was developed by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg, Canada), in partnership with the Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg, South Africa). 

Mandela Struggle for Freedom Video

Exhibition Partners

Developed by: Canadian Museum for Human RightsApartheid Museum

Contributing partners: The Government of CanadaThe ASPER FoundationTDTravel Manitoba

Media partners: Pattison OutdoorWaterloo Region Record

Tour management services provided by Lord Cultural Resources