06 June 2011

Nelson Mandela Museum to close for 2.5 years for major makeover

update (12 Oct 2011): According to a recent report on timeslive.co.za, the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthata (Umtata) will only close its doors for a major makeover at the end of October 2011.

The Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthata (Umtata) will close for at least 2,5 years from August 2011 for a major makeover. The building, in which the museum is located, used to be the Transkei bantustan's administration headquarter during Apartheid and was therefore never designed to house a museum. After the facelift, the building will have a new spacious wing to showcase even more items as well as a more museum-like architecture.

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During the 2.5 years the museum in Mthatha is closed, some of the exhibits are going to get moved to Qunu, Mandela's birtplace, and some others will go on a South Africa-wide roadshow.
When the work is completed, items never displayed before from all over the world would join exhibits such as Mandela's iconic No 6 Springbok rugby jersey and the sunglasses he wore on Robben Island.

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