School tours

The following school tours and programmes are available for the 2017 school year.

Constitution Hill Experience Highlights Tour (90 minutes)

This tour is appropriate for learners in the intermediate, senior and FET phases and is adapted to suite the needs of each phase.

Take your class on an interactive, dynamic learning experience that makes the Constitution tangible, real and alive. This tour takes learners on a South African human rights journey through links between the past, the present and the future, with a key focus on the values enshrined in the Constitution.

  • Learners will discover more about past repression of democracy and human rights, and the role played by the Constitutional Court in defining and protecting those rights in our democracy
  • Learners experience Constitution Hill’s exhibitions, focusing on a few exhibition elements to draw out the main themes
  • Learners participate in a tour that includes Number Four, the Women’s Jail, the Constitutional Court and the Flame of Democracy
  • Learners discuss their understanding of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights
  • Learners celebrate with us the 21st anniversary of our Constitution and have the opportunity to share what the Constitution means to them as part of our ongoing campaign, #iamconstitution

This tour is available from Mondays to Fridays at a cost of R30 per learner.

Time Travel Tour (3 hours)

This tour is a re-enactment of apartheid South Africa, and the treatment of prisoners behind the walls of Constitution Hill. This is an interactive, experiential tour that gives visitors a first-hand experience of life in the cells. It encourages participants to relive and re-enact historical events that occurred at Constitution Hill in order to reflect on contemporary issues in a local historical setting. The Constitution Hill time-travel scenario focuses on the student uprising in Soweto on 16 June 1976.

Following a briefing session, participants will travel back in time to 1976: they will be arrested on arrival, processed and detained for two hours. This will be followed by a 30-minute debriefing session and a light lunch. Activities during the tour include conducting tasks that prisoners would have undertaken, educational games and addressing key questions about human rights. Men will be detained at Number Four, while women will be sent to the Women’s Jail.

This tour is available on Fridays at a cost of R150 per learner.

Constitution Hill red bus combo

This combo tour can be offered to school groups of up to a maximum of 80 from Mondays to Thursdays. Learners are divided into two groups.

The first group boards a City Sightseeing red bus for a two-hour tour (with no hop-offs). City Sightseeing tours offer an easy and fun way to see the sights of the inner city. There is a special commentary channel for kids.

The second group goes on the Constitution Hill highlights tour – an interactive, dynamic learning experience that makes the Constitution tangible, real and alive. This tour takes learners on a South African human rights journey through links between the past, the present and the future, with a key focus on the values enshrined in the Constitution. After two hours the groups swap around.

Bookings two weeks in advance are essential. This tour comes at a cost of R100 per learner.