Nelson Mandela Museum (Bhunga Building)
  1. The Bhunga Building in Mthatha that is to re-open in July 2014 after major revamps.
  2. The Youth and Heritage site at Qunu where he grew up that is fully operational.
  3. The Mvezu site where he was born, that will be developed at a later stage.

No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom (1995)


To be a living Museum that embraces development and is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Nelson Mandela.


To exercise effective stewardship over heritage resources linked to Nelson Mandela and thus impact on the development and inspiration of people through education, culture and tourism.

Permanent Exhibition

The vast collection of gifts and artefacts that were given to Mandela by the international community and the South African community during his life are on display. This consists of images as well as artefacts received from private people institutions and heads of state from all over the world. There are also thousands of gifts made by children and given to him over the years. They serve as a reminder of how Mandela affected the world at large with his magnanimity and compassion.

Long Road To Freedom

The Long Road To Freedom exhibition allows the visitor to hear the whole story in Mandela’s own words, as well as interviews with several other liberation leaders. Many images from previously banned photographers are used to create this inspiring display.

Temporary Exhibitions

Varied exhibitions depicting Nelson Mandela’s life and career are on display at the Bhunga Building in Mthatha and are changed regularly showcasing Mandela's illustrious career in politics and his personal life.


The Nelson Mandela Bhunga Building Museum, as well as the Qunu site, received the Customer Care Awards in East London in 1914. This award is given to institutions with for the following criteria:

  • customer loyalty
  • increased financial turnover
  • winning of new customers
  • improved services
  • competitive differentiation


The museum does not charge a fee but encourages donations.

We are closed on Workers Day and Good Friday.

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