Gallery Hours:*
Tuesday and Wednesday 1pm-6pm
Thursday to Sunday 10am-6pm

October 10th, 2019
to January 5th, 2020


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* schedule subject to change

What would you do if you were imprisoned for 27 years? Would you be able to forgive your captors, or would you want revenge? Nelson Mandela chose forgiveness – and he never stopped trying to build a better world.

Mandela is an exhibition that looks at Nelson Mandela and the movement that formed around him. Follow Mandela into hiding after he is declared an outlaw, and then join him inside a replica of the prison cell that was his home for 18 years. Experience the bittersweet joy of his release, after 27 long years of imprisonment. Finally, witness South Africa’s first democratic elections, and find out about Mandela’s efforts to rebuild a nation shattered by racism and injustice.
Explore what was happening on the streets during Mandela’s lifetime. Bear witness to South African children defending themselves from tanks with garbage can lids, and learn about the secret plan to break Mandela out of prison. Support for Mandela and his cause also came from outside South Africa. Hear from Canadians who joined the struggle for freedom and equality and see for yourself the importance of mobilizing and speaking out.
What was Mandela's struggle about?
Mandela fought against apartheid, a system of white supremacy in South Africa. Under apartheid, everyone was put into one of four racial categories: “white/European,” “black,” “coloured,” or “Indian/Asian.” Non-white South Africans were second-class citizens with little or no political power. Restrictive laws governed every aspect of people’s lives, dictating where they could live, work and travel and restricting their access to education, health care and other social services.
Mandela rose up against apartheid and called upon all South Africans to join him. Although he was arrested and imprisoned for 27 years for fighting for freedom, Mandela refused to give up the struggle or give in to hate. Mandela was fighting against apartheid, but he was also fighting for something: a better world, in which the freedom, justice and dignity of all were respected. Even before his release in 1990, Mandela began negotiating with the government to end apartheid. Through those negotiations, he helped prevent a bloody civil war. Mandela went on to become the country’s first democratically elected president.
One man, many voices
Mandela's courage is inspiring and his story is dramatic, but he did not end apartheid alone. In South Africa and around the world, people were inspired by Mandela's example. They recognized that there would never be freedom in South Africa unless many people took action. In South Africa, many died in the struggle for freedom. Here in Canada, numerous individuals mobilized against apartheid, calling for boycotts against South Africa’s apartheid regime.

Mandela is an exhibition about one man, but it is also about the many who came together to oppose racism and injustice. The themes include an exploration of Apartheid, defiance, repression, mobilization and freedom.



(formerly Toronto Centre for the Arts)
5040 Yonge Street, Toronto

Tickets will be valid for any time during the open hours on the day for which the ticket is purchased. We recommend giving yourself at least 30 minutes to fully experience the exhibition.

All patrons including children and babies-in-arms require a ticket of admission. Children who have not yet celebrated their first birthday are eligible for a complimentary babies-in-arms ticket, available at the Box Office on the day of the event.

All sales are final and tickets are non-refundable. For group bookings of 20+, to book by phone/email, to exchange to a different date, or for more information please reach out to us.

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