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A world-first exhibition on the life of Nelson Mandela is coming to Melbourne

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The Melbourne Museum has today announced that a historical exhibition commemorating the life of South African leader and anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela will be making its world premiere in Melbourne next year.

Mandela My Life: The Exhibition will chronicle Mandela’s ongoing fight for freedom and human rights amidst apartheid in South Africa with a collection of original artefacts, memorabilia as well as film and audio archives.

The exhibition is endorsed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, an organisation set up in 1999 by Mandela as a vehicle for his charitable, rural development and diplomatic work. It will be the first time such a comprehensive collection of artefacts and memorabilia associated with the former president has ever left South Africa.

Coming to the Melbourne Museum in September 2018, the exhibition’s premiere coincides with what would have been Mandela’s 100th birthday. Tickets are set to go on sale in early 2018.

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