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Revolutionary. Political prisoner.  World leader. Elder statesman. Symbol of the struggle against oppression. Nelson Mandela was all of these things and more.

Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition is the major new global exhibition that explores the life of the world’s most famous freedom fighter and political leader. His epic story is told in a series of experiential galleries from his rural childhood home through years of turbulent struggle against the apartheid regime, to his eventual vindication and final years as South Africa’s first democratically elected.  His journey to becoming the ‘Father of South Africa’, and a globally loved and respected figure is explored in new, personal and revealing ways. With exclusive stories from Madiba himself, his family and those that knew him best, visitors will see Nelson Mandela in a new light.

A century on from his birth, what does ‘Nelson Mandela’ mean today, in a world where inequality and injustice are still rife? Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition asks these difficult questions and examines his legacy. Mandela’s values and commitment to making the world a better place are just as vital now as they were during his lifetime. This is a story we can all learn from and be inspired by.



Many of the authentic artefacts and personal possessions in the exhibition have never before been seen outside South Africa, taking the visitor on a journey through the untold story of Nelson Mandela.


The exhibition takes the visitor on a unique journey, using scenic recreations and immersive presentations to experience key moments in a truly remarkable life. Discover Mandela’s boyhood in the Eastern Cape, steeped in the tribal traditions that shaped him. Witness his political awakening in Johannesburg and understand why apartheid had to be defeated – whatever the cost. Follow his remarkable ascent to global icon status, and understand how his inner strength, compassion and faith in humanity enabled him to forgive and make peace his life’s mission.

  • Remembering Mandela – a filmed series of remarkable personal accounts from people whose lives he changed.

  • Celebrating Mandela – A compilation of the man’s philosophy, values and wisdom, in his own words.

  • Continuing Mandela’s vision – visitors can contribute to a digital memory wall, sharing their feelings about what Madiba means to them, and what they will do to live his values in their daily lives.

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