Red Location Museum is unlike any other museum that you have seen. Named for the first black township of Port Elizabeth, the Red Location became a focal point in the struggle against apartheid. It was the birthplace and home to many anti-apartheid leaders and also the site of the first MK (Umkhonto we Sizwe) cell, the former military wing of the ANC. The history and memory of the Red Location as a site of resistance and resilience is today represented by a dramatic museum and community center located in the heart of the township. The museum's unconventional design is based on the work of Andreas Huyssen and his concept of weaving memory and history into our understanding of lived urban spaces. The result is highly experiential. Wander through the 12 Memory Boxes, 6-meter-by-6-meter rusted exhibition spaces that each represents a specific event. The stories in each space conflict and intertwine, yet taken as a whole attempt to reconstruct how human memory works. Unlike other museums that displace history from its origins and place it in polished buildings in city centers far away from the communities they are supposed to represent, the museum serves as an art center and community space and is a continual work in progress to rejuvenate and develop the township.
To get there take the M4/Settlers Way 6 km north towards the N2/Gramhamstown/Cape Town. Do not take the N2 exit ramps, but continue straight onto Burman Rd toward the traffic lights. Turn left on Baxter Rd, left on Grahamstown Rd and then an immediate right on the ramp to Ferguson Rd. Turn right on Singaphi St/Ave C and then right on Olof Palme. It's the biggest building around, you can't miss it.