Nelson Mandela Museum, Eastern Cape
The Nelson Mandela Museum was opened on the 11 February 2000, at a function to correspond with the tenth anniversary of the release from prison of Nelson Mandela in 1990. The museum is situated at Qunu, along the N2, south of Umtata in the Eastern Cape.
The Museum gives an inspiring journey through the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Mandela has insisted that the Museum should not be a tribute dedicated to him, but should rather serve as a mechanism for the progress of the local society.
The Museum is spread across three areas: The Bhunga Building in Umtata , the Mvezo - where Mandela was born, and Qunu - the village where he spent his youth. At the Bhunga building you will experience the story of Nelson Mandela told in his own words. It is based on his book, "Long walk to Freedom". The Bhunga also houses a global mixture of offerings that Madiba received during his time as president. At Mvezo, Mandela's birthplace, time has not changed the way of life of the community. You will easily get a sense of the peaceful surroundings into which the baby Mandela was born. At Qunu, the young Mandela assumed the name Nelson, as was the custom at missionary schools. In Nelson Mandela's book - "Long walk to Freedom" he states that Qunu is where he recalls the happiest moments of his youth.