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“Mandela: The Official Exhibition” at OMSI
October 9 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Saturday, repeating until November 27, 2021
Mandela: The Official Exhibition is the major new global exhibition that examines the legacy of the world’s most famous freedom fighter using personal belongings and objects never previously seen outside of South Africa. These artifacts combine with unique insights from family, friends, and others to reveal the deeper stories behind the headlines.
Visitors to the exhibition will learn about the people and places that shaped Nelson Mandela, and the role they played in defining his personality, philosophy, and leadership style. Through a series of immersive zones, guests gain an understanding of Mandela’s rural beginnings and witness his transformation from a lawyer to a rising activist star in the African National Congress.
As Mandela became a thorn in the side of the nationalist government, guests will experience the fight against apartheid and Mandela’s decades of imprisonment—and ultimately his liberation and election as South Africa’s first black president.
Mandela: The Official Exhibition takes guests through a life story illustrated by previously unseen film, photos, and more than 150 historical artifacts and personal effects on loan from the Mandela family, museums, and archives worldwide. These items, on loan from the Royal House of Mandela and Global Heritage Partners, combine with immersive media presentations and scenic re-creations to enable visitors to actively engage with and experience key moments in Mandela’s life.
The exhibit is free for OMSI members. General admission is $15 for adults, $10.50 for ages 3 to 13, and $12 for seniors. OMSI is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Mondays. OMSI is located at 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland. For general information, call 503-797-4000 or visit omsi.edu.