Communication and Outreach

Nelson Mandela based his entire life on the principle of dialogue and the art of listening and speaking to others; and the art of getting others to listen and speak to each other.


The Foundation hosts two exhibitions. One is a permanent exhibition on the Life and Times of Nelson Mandela and the other is a temporary exhibition on contemporary issues.

The permanent exhibition houses Nelson Mandela’s post-presidential office from 2002 to 2010. On display are original artefacts, photographs, the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as a glass replica of Mr Mandela’s cell on Robben Island.

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke at the opening of the My Constitution exhibition. Image: NMF/Debbie Yazbek


The temporary exhibitions on view this year included:

  • The travelling exhibition On the Frontline was launched at the Foundation in May 2015, and subsequently travelled to Rhodes University and the Albany Museum.
  • In partnership with Tribeca, the Foundation hosted the exhibition entitled Power of Words between July and September 2015.
  • The travelling version of the permanent exhibition was made available to Constitution Hill and world renowned photographer, David Turnley’s exhibition, For Madiba with Love, was loaned to the Uitenhage Museum.
  • A new exhibition Between States of Emergency was launched in September 2015 and later travelled to Kimberley and the Slave Lodge in Cape Town.

Most of our temporary exhibitions are designed to travel and partnerships have been explored with various institutions to house them. This allows more people the opportunity to engage with their content. The Foundation has also focussed on increasing footfall to the on-site exhibitions and we are hosting more visitors, including students from various schools.. 

The opening of the My Constitution exhibition. Image: NMF/Debbie Yazbek