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Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition at Melbourne Museum

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Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition at the Melbourne Museum

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition is a deeply moving, in-depth look at the life of the great man who fought for freedom and equality until the day he died.

This expertly curated exhibition features a comprehensive collection of original Mandela artefacts, documents, personal items and artworks ever to be shown outside of South Africa.

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition at Melbourne Museum


The exhibition first presents as a black and white cinematic experience recounting the significant moments in history when Mandela put the apartheid on trial in court

Mandela My Life


Separate gallery spaces then explore stages of Mandela's life, beginning with his early childhood; born into the Madiba clan in the village of Mvezo as Rolihlahla Mandela. Mandela's teacher chose his Christian name, Nelson, when he first went to school.

Early in the exhibition is also a time to learn more about the history of apartheid and the systems of ‘apartness’ that left a lasting impression on Mandela and motivated his political activism.



Gallery 3 & 4 of Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition looks at Mandela's political life when joined the African National Congress (ANC), his arrest in KwaZulu-Natal, subsequent trial and life imprisonment for "political offenses."

The latter part of this incredibly humbling experience delves into Mandela's brutal years behind bars. Cell-like rooms explore aspects of Mandela's hardship in jail, split between the isolated years he spent at Robben Island and his subsequent time at Pollsmoor Prison & Victor Verster Prison.



Letters between Mandela and his family are on display here, as well as recounts & footage of his family's continuous fight for justice and human rights.

The exhibition ends seeing Mandela's first days of freedom, followed by his election as South Africa's first black head of state through to his final years.



I felt ignorant walking into Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition; why did I not know enough about Mandela's selfless sacrifice during his fight for equality?

Walking out of the exhibition left me feeling better educated about the man who spent 27 years behind bars for attempting to fight for what was right; to abolish racial segregation.

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition at Melbourne Museum is a raw and humbling look at Mandela's legacy. A celebration of one of the most loved and respected people in the world.

I encourage all Melburnians to visit Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition. Take your children, but I'd suggest kids over the age of 8yrs would better comprehend the narratives of the exhibits. Tickets are now free for children under 12 years.

After Melbourne, Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition will embark on a 5-year global tour. See it first, right here in Melbourne, Australia until March 2019.

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition at Melbourne Museum, on until 3 March 2019

Where: 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
When: 22 September 2018 – 3 March 2019
Web: www.mandelamylifeexhibition.com

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