Nelson Mandela Museum, Eastern Cape
The Nelson Mandela Museum was officially opened on the 11 February 2000, at a function to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the release from prison of Nelson Mandela in 1990. The birthplace / museum is situated at Qunu, along the N2 highway, south of Umtata in the Eastern Cape. The Museum offers visitors an inspiring journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.
Known affectionately as 'Madiba', Nelson Mandela is loved and respected world-wide for his tireless energy to bring about a better life for all. Mandela has insisted that the Museum should not be a tribute dedicated to him, but should rather serve as a catalyst and springboard for the upliftment and development of the local community.
"I learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear" - Nelson Mandela
The Museum is distributed across three sites: The impressive Bhunga Building in Umtata, the spiritual Mvezo - where Mandela was born, and Qunu - the cultural village where he grew up.
At the historic 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 an international selection of diverse gifts that Madiba received during his presidency.
At Mvezo, birthplace of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, time has not changed the way of life of the local community. You will experience a sense of the peaceful surroundings into which the baby Mandela was born.
At Qunu, the young Rolihlahla assumed the name Nelson, as was the custom at missionary schools. In his book "Long walk to Freedom". Madiba states that Qunu is where he spent the happiest moments of his childhood. Qunu is a modest yet vibrant village where a Youth and Heritage centre is being built. Activities planned at the centre include youth programmes and tourism development.
"I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." - Nelson Mandela's statement from the dock in the Rivonia Trial ended with these words.
"I learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela
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