Johannesburg is the biggest city in South Africa and just like all of the other South African cities it prides itself in a harrowing yet diverse legacy. From the gold rush of the 1800s to the ever-evolving modern almost space-age amenities found in certain areas. Johannesburg really is a realm of contrast, chaos and panache and there are many museums to showcase the history and evolution of this cosmopolitan city.
This is by no means the best list of museums to explore in Johannesburg but just a rough guide to a few of the museums in the city worth a visit on your next trip to ‘Jozi’.
This critical South African museum could very well be the most important structure documenting the history of Apartheid-era South Africa on the planet. The museum is a registered Section 21 company hence it relies heavily on donations, contributions, fundraisers and sponsorship to sustain its existence. For more information visit their website.
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This iconic building is not only famous for its artefacts but also for the fact that it’s one of the most beautifully kept buildings in Johannesburg. Situated in the ever-evolving Newtown Precinct, adjacent to the monumental Market Theatre which is one of the cultural highlights of the city, space is also accredited for having a unique way of displaying their exhibitions and this is another reason why the museum is world renown. Visit this website for more information.
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Origins Centre Museum
This world-class museum was opened by former South African president Thabo Mbeki and is dedicated to narrating the tale of the origins behind the first human beings of South Africa. Some of the materials included in the museum which help to tell this significant story are various stone tools, artefacts and examples of some of the first rock art painting to the region. Visit their website for more information.
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Hector Pieterson Museum
This museum is dedicated to South African youth and the pivotal part they played in the height of Apartheid most importantly the role they engaged in, in the 1976 Soweto Uprising based on issues revolving around education. The building is situated in Orlando West in the heart of Soweto and its proximity to Johannesburg makes it a must-see destination for anyone enthusiastic about South African history. For more information visit this website.
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Lindfield Victorian House Museum
Once you step foot in the Lindfield Victorian House Museum it will feel as if you have travelled to a time of the arrival of the first settlers to the country. The house has 22 rooms which are said to be packed with artefacts and memorabilia from the Victorian era. What also makes the experience that much more authentic is the owner also is an experienced guide to the museum and prides herself in knowing every detail about all the items which are on display. Visit this website for more information.
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