Mandela: Struggle for Freedom

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Space requirements: 280 to 470 square metres

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People walking past a larger-than-life photo of Nelson Mandela making a speech with his fist raised.

Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen

About the exhibition

A travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Apartheid Museum

What would you do if you were imprisoned for 27 years? Could you forgive your captors, or would you seek revenge? Nelson Mandela chose forgiveness – and he never stopped trying to build a better world.

Mandela earned international acclaim for his leadership in the fight against apartheid, a system of white supremacy in South Africa. Mandela: Struggle for Freedom looks at the story, the challenges and the accomplishments of Mandela and the movement that formed around him.

Follow Mandela into hiding after he is declared an outlaw, and then join him inside a replica of the prison cell that was his home for 18 years. Experience the bittersweet joy of his release, after 27 long years of imprisonment. Finally, witness South Africa’s first democratic elections, and find out about Mandela’s efforts to rebuild a nation shattered by racism and injustice.

Photos of Mandela: Struggle for Freedom

Someone stands looking up at a very tall and wide display of signs and photographs.
Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen
A display of plaques, documents, photos, clothing and a digital touchscreen on a wall.
Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen
Display cases holding a uniform, a shovel and a pickaxe, with large photos and text on the walls.
Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen
A museum gallery with a large, yellow armoured truck emerging from a wall.
Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen
A display including documents, a large photograph, and panels of text, titled “The Apartheid System.”
Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen
Two people stand in a replica jail cell with large projected images on its walls.
Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen
A display including photos, text, and a ballot box titled “The First Democratic Elections.”
Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen
Two people use a large digital touchscreen table, with a display of protest posters in the background.
Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen

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The exhibition was developed in collaboration with the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Tour schedule

  • TO Live (Toronto, Ontario): October 10, 2019 – January 7, 2020
  • Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum (Kitchener, Ontario): February 7, 2020 – August 3, 2020
  • Holocaust Museum Houston (Houston, Texas): September 11, 2020 – January 3, 2021
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (Skokie, Illinois): February 20, 2021 – September 12, 2021

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Contact details

Brodie Sanderson (he/him)