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Nelson Mandela museum

Nelson Mandela insisted it was not just to be a static collection but a living memorial to his values and vision. It was to inspire and enrich all who visit it, serve as a catalyst for development not just for the people of Mthatha but to be utilised as a Gateway to the Incredible, unassuming combination of breath-taking coastline, precipitous and craggy cliff faces, wild and isolated beaches, quiet bays and green vegetation hills that rush headlong into deeply etched river valleys of the Wild Coast. The Wild Coast extends between the Mtamvuna River in the north and the Great Kei River to the South.

NMM is a Schedule 3 public institution and upholds and complies with all principles and objectives outlined by the Constitution and various Acts of the Republic of South Africa. Nelson Mandela Museum is legislated under the Cultural Institutions Act 119 of 1998 of the Republic of South Africa.

The Department of Arts and Culture now known as the Department of Sport, Art and Culture took his words to heart and pledged funding for the Nelson Mandela Museum as part of its series of national legacy projects that honour South Africa’s liberation heroes.

Mon ‒ Fri : 09h00 ‒ 16h00

Saturdays and public holidays (except Workers Day) – 09h00 to 12h00.

Sundays ‒ Closed

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Corner Nelson Mandela Drive & Owen Street

Bhunga Building



Telephone : 047 501 9500

Monday 9 am–4 pm Tuesday 9 am–4 pm Wednesday 9 am–4 pm Thursday 9 am–4 pm Friday 9 am–4 pm Saturday 9 am–1 pm Sunday Closed

Adults: free
Children & Students free
Donations Accepted

Corner Nelson Mandela Drive & Owen Street, Bhunga Building, Mthatha, 5009
047 501 9500