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Mandela: The Official Exhibition

Open through Jan. 20, 2025 
Recommended for ages 12+ 

Lawyer. Revolutionary. Political prisoner. World leader. Elder statesman. Human rights icon. Global advocate for change. Nelson Mandela has been all these things to people across the world. Mandela: The Official Exhibition provides a unique opportunity for you to learn more about the iconic freedom fighter and political leader, Nelson Mandela.

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—Nelson Mandela

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Mandela: The Official Exhibition weaves you through a timeline of Nelson Mandela’s life including:

  • Meeting Mandela
    Get to know Nelson Mandela and learn of his accomplishments, from freedom fighter to president and humanitarian.
  • Early Years (1918-1941)
    Learn about the people and places that shaped Mandela as a child and young man. Understand the roles these places played in defining his personality, philosophy and style of leadership.
  • “The Struggle Is My Life” (1941-1964)
    See Nelson Mandela’s transformation as a lawyer and activist, a rising star in the African National Congress, and a thorn in the side of the nationalist government. Discuss the heavy cost of his defiance and the risks of doing what you believe is right—no matter the consequences.
  • 10,000 Days: The Prison Years (1964-1990)
    Explore how Mandella’s personality, determination, and intellect set him apart as someone who was determined to show respect and kindness to all, encouraging others to do the same.
  • Freedom? (1990-1994)
    Experience the elation of Mandela’s release from prison. Feel the uncertainty of the following years as millions of South Africans prepared to vote in the country’s first multiracial elections since the beginning of apartheid
  • Healing a Nation (1994-2013)
    Examine Nelson Mandela’s presidency and how he helped a nation heal. Then learn about his retirement years that were full of energy, international travel, and dedication and determination to fulfill his life’s mission.
  • The Meaning of Mandela
    Reflect on your experience through the exhibit and allow Nelson Mandela to send you off in his own words that will inspire you to carry on his work.

Mandela: The Official Exhibition is produced by Round Room Live in partnership with The Royal House of Mandela (RHoM) and RHoM Investments.

We would like to help you prepare ahead of time for some of the sights and sounds you will experience at The Children's Museum. Here is what you can expect in this exhibit..

Contains loud noises Contains low light  

You can find more information and tools on our Sensory Resources page.