About Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy. The site is a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past and, today, is home to the country’s Constitutional Court, which endorses the rights of all citizens.

There is perhaps no other site of incarceration in South Africa that imprisoned the sheer number of world-renowned men and women as those held within the walls of the Old Fort, the Women's Jail and Number Four. Nelson Mandela. Mahatma Gandhi. Joe Slovo. Albertina Sisulu. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Fatima Meer. They all served time here. But the precinct also confined tens of thousands of ordinary people during its 100-year history: men and women of all races, creeds, ages and political agendas; the indigenous and the immigrant; the everyman and the elite. In this way, the history of every South African lives here.

Constitution Hill is also a place of contrasts: of injustice and justice, of oppression and liberation. Our precinct is testament to the importance of preserving sites of atrocity for posterity, and also to recreating them so that they can serve the purposes of the present and serve to mould the future.

We offer daily tours of the precinct and conduct regular public events, enabling visitors from every walk of life to interact with our space. There are also a variety of venues on our site available to suit your every eventing need, from small private functions to large corporate conferences.

We invite you to explore our space, to experience it, to feel it. Touch our textured walls, read their graffiti, listen to their echoes, stride up the Great African Steps, stand in the highest court in our land, and learn what constitutionalism means in South Africa.


Constitution Hill is a registered member of the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA), the International Council of Museums South Africa (ICOM SA), the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, and the South African Museums Association (SAMA). 

Gauteng Growth & Development Agency

Constitution Hill:

Constitution Hill is a proud subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth & Development Agency

The Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) is the implementation arm of the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, tasked with assisting the department in leading, facilitating and managing sustainable job creation and inclusive economic growth and development in the Gauteng City Region. Through some of its subsidiaries, the GGDA has created partnerships and ecosystems that promote economic development and the competitiveness of Gauteng.