Melbourne will be the first city in the world to see an exhibition celebrating the life of anti-apartheid activist, Noble Peace Prize winner, and global human rights icon Nelson Mandela.

Next year, the Melbourne Museum will host Mandela: My Life, before it travels to other cities around the world. The premiere will coincide with what would have been the former South African president’s 100th birthday.

The exhibition will showcase artefacts, memorabilia and rare film and audio from Mandela’s life – much of which has never left South Africa. The show has been produced in collaboration with The Nelson Mandela Foundation of South Africa.

Mandela visited Melbourne in October 1990, in what was one of his first international trips following his release from a Cape Town prison – Robben Island – after 27 years. During this visit he was granted the Freedom of the City – the highest civic honour Melbourne can award.

Mandela: My Life opens at the Melbourne Museum in September 2018. More information here.

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