Canadian Museum for Human Rights – Part 2, Nelson Mandela

It was less than a 5 minute walk to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights from the Forks, so I was soon inside, where I lined up to pay my admission.

The Entrance

The lineup moved along quickly and I had soon paid for my admission.  It is $17.00 per day for a Senior.  I asked about taking pictures and I was told that I could, but absolutely no flash photography.  Coat check is free (or at least it was that day), but I figured I would just wear my jacket.  It turns out I regretted that decision after quite a bit of uphill walking over the next couple of hours.

This huge wall on the main floor was constantly moving and changing with different messages being written on it.

First stop (on the first floor) was the Nelson Mandela exhibit.  There was a lot of information in this exhibit about his life and struggles and I took many photos, but won’t post all of them here.  I learned much later on that the IPads scattered throughout all the exhibits were holding so much more information than what I was seeing.

First photo inside the Nelson Mandela exhibit.

I got in trouble after taking this photo – my first photo, other than the one above that was taken in a very well lit area.   I only brought my little camera with me and had no idea how to turn the flash off.  I thought it was bright enough that it wouldn’t flash – but it did.  I can’t actually say I got into trouble though.  A very sweet employee approached me immediately to let me know that I could not use flash for taking photos.  I told her I was aware of that, but didn’t realize it would flash.  I also told her I had no idea how to turn it off and I would be putting it away for the rest of my visit.  She said she may be able to turn it off for me though and she did and then she showed me how.  Now I know how to turn it off.  Every time I turned the camera off, it went back to auto and I had to turn the flash back off again before taking another picture. 

Many exhibits react to movement and this shadow appeared when I entered the cell.

I didn’t take a photo of the bottom picture, but maybe on my next visit to the museum, I can fill in the blank.

There is a lot more information in this exhibit than I could possibly get into one post, but when I return to the museum, I may be able to add to this.  As far as I know, the Nelson Mandela exhibit will continue into early 2019, but there is a possibility that it may be extended.  

I was already overwhelmed with what I saw, and I have only covered a very small percentage of the exhibits here.  One visit is not enough. 

Many times throughout my visit, I thought back to my upbringing – as a white child and then adult and how privileged I was.  We certainly were not rich and my parents worked hard and then I also worked hard, but we had so much more than others in the world.

To be continued . . . .

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