We cannot go forward if we do not know where we come from – the //hapo Museum and Wall of Names look back on the country's past, from the beginning of civilisation to wars of liberation.
It may be a monument to those who paid the ultimate price for their country, but Freedom Park is a place of celebration, not of grieving. It is a tribute to and an honouring of our heroes.
In doing this, it takes visitors on a meditative journey that begins with Africa as the cradle of humanity. Through interactive steps it takes the visitor through the next several billion years to the free world in which we find ourselves today.
Celebrating the history of southern Africa
The Freedom Park interactive museum, //hapo Museum, pays fitting tribute to the history of southern Africa.
This world-class museum explores the heritage of southern Africa dating back some 3.6 billion years. It walks visitors through history, through seven epochs, from the Earth's infancy to present-day South Africa.
A historical journey
The museum chronicles the earliest forms of life in southern Africa, the continent's geological landscape – Africa is home to some of the oldest rocks on Earth and is composed of some of the oldest recorded continental crust – and its peoples' history, from an African perspective. From early African civilisations and innovations, to colonisation, industrialisation and the apartheid struggle, this is explained through captivating words, pictures, audio-visual presentations, performances and the ancient art of storytelling.
Wall of Names – our heroes cast in stone
The Wall of Names is a poignant tribute to the many lives lost in the numerous conflicts that have taken place on South African soil, from pre-colonial wars to the South African War (Anglo Boer War), World War I, World War II, and the liberation Struggle. The 697m-long wall is inscribed with the names of those who played a role in these conflicts. It can accommodate 150 000 names.