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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights opened its new Nelson Mandela exhibit last night.

The exhibit- Mandela: Struggle for Freedom- has a number of interactive features, including a replica of Mandela's tiny prison cell, a massive armoured vehicle and a large wall covered in racist laws.

Exhibit Curator, Isabelle Masson says those interactive displays make the experience more memorable for people who visit.

"If you create an experience, you allow people to touch, to discover on their own. They are moments they can remember. They are moments that can trigger reflection, that can trigger question and conversation," explained Masson.

A rich sensory experience of imagery, soundscape, digital media and objects is used to explore the earthshaking fight for justice and human dignity in South Africa - and its relevance to issues of today.

"Still today, people do fight for freedom, democracy and equality. They still struggle against racial oppression today, in this context and internationally. So understanding this particular struggle has quite some relevance to understanding what's going on with human rights today," said Masson.

Initially the CEO of the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, Christopher Till, approached the Canadian Museum for Human Rights when they opened in 2014, with the idea of developing a Mandela exhibit.

"From there we checked this idea and developed a partnership, and developed a unique version of a Mandela exhibit here, that would consider human rights, give our mandates, and Canadian experiences," explained Masson

Mandela: Struggle for Freedom, will be at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights until January 6th, 2019.