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Nelson Mandela turns 100- exhibition to honour life of a revolutionary


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REVOLUTIONARY: An exhibition at Melbourne Museum pays tribute to Nelson Mandela. Pictured: Nelson Mandela in 1962. Photo: University of Dundee The Peto Collection, 1962

REVOLUTIONARY: An exhibition at Melbourne Museum pays tribute to Nelson Mandela. Pictured: Nelson Mandela in 1962. Photo: University of Dundee The Peto Collection, 1962

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Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition is set to open at Melbourne Museum on Saturday and will pay tribute to the life of revolutionary trailblazer Nelson Mandela.

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An exhibition that is set to open at Melbourne Museum on Saturday will pay tribute to the life of revolutionary trailblazer Nelson Mandela in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition will officially open at the prestigious museum on September 22 and remain on display until March 3 next year, before embarking on a five year world tour.

The exhibition will feature rare and fascinating original objects from the life of the political prisoner who went on to become South African Prime Minister.

Items featured include a boxing glove signed by Muhammad Ali and gifted to Mandela, the shoes and walking cane he used in his senior years and a collection of some of his favourite Madiba shirts.

It will also feature a rare passbook- a relic of the apartheid regime which was signed by Mandela himself.

Under the Pass Laws Act of 1952, all black South Africans were required by law to carry passbooks with them up until 1986- Mandela burned his own following a massacre of protesters in 1960.

The exhibition will also feature archival images and historic sound and film recordings, including what is believed to be the earliest film on Mandela being interviewed during a break in the Treason Trial of 1956-1961- of which he was a defendant.

Museums Victoria chief executive Lynley Marshall said the museum was thrilled to be hosting the world premiere of the exhibition.

The exhibition is a ticketed event and tickets went on sale on July 18- coinciding with Nelson Mandela’s birth date of July 18, 1918.

To book your ticket, click here.

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