El museo nacional de la Historia Militar de Sudáfrica tiene una de las más amplias colecciones perteneciente a los varios conflictos armados que involucraron a Sudáfrica a través de los años. Aeronaves, transportes de armas, artillería, pequeñas armas, uniformes y lo que comprende la guerra se encuentran en exhibición. La tienda del museo vende refrescos y una gama impresionante de libros. Hay videos que se ofrecen sin cargo a los turistas durante los fines de semana y los feriados, el patio de juegos mantiene a los pequeños entretenidos. También a disposición una biblioteca de referencia, sala de conferencias e instalaciones adecuadas.
El Museo del Apartheid es lo que mejor refleja la sórdida historia de Sudáfrica en los días del apartheid. Bajo la guía de Nelson Mandela, el país capeó el temporal de la discriminación racial, este museo es una memoria de esos horribles momentos. Fotografías, películas, y objetos de despliegan en 22 salas de exposición, lo que lo convierte en viaje épico en la lucha de una nación en aras de la humanidad. Así que si llega a Johannesburgo, no pierda la oportunidad de ver estos eventos que son parte integral de la historia de Sudáfrica.
Art On Main is an art gallery that displays a number of very interesting art pieces. The creative space does more than display artwork. Artists congregate to discuss and share ideas, opinions, and thoughts, while an outdoor cinema screens film and a rooftop bar let artists, as well as customers, relax over a drink. They also have a reading room, art supplies, and bookstore and even host music concerts. Do call ahead for more details about the artists and more.
Meaning a place of light, Maboneng is an urban neighborhood that has been privately developed in eastern Johannesburg CBD. With several independent retail, restaurants and entertainment venues as well as loft apartments, offices, hotel, a museum and creative factory spaces, the place is a thriving cultural hub.
This area of Johannesburg is filled with mixed themes and is rife with history. A symbol of South Africa's journey to freedom, the Constitutional Court sits where the Old Fort Prison Complex used to house both political and common criminals. Figures such as Robert Sobukwe, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were once imprisoned in these walls until its closure in 1983. This site has been transformed into a monument of justice. Guided and interactive tours are scheduled regularly.
Bringing to life the almost lost concept of the Bioscope, this venue is a movie theater that strives to steer clear from mainstream cinema, focusing more on independent cinema. Located on the ground floor of the bustling Main Street Life building, The Bioscope opened its doors in 2010 and since then has been providing the locals with a space where they can discover something different, movies that deal with issues that matter, rather than the glamor of the mainstream cinema. From films made by not-so-known local filmmakers, to films made by filmmakers from around the globe, The Bioscope is the ideal stop for any cinema lover. See the website to know more.
Housed at the Juta Street, Stevenson Gallery is a popular art-space in Johannesburg. This art gallery is known for showcasing the artworks and paintings by several artists, local as well as international. Operating since 20008, this gallery has been a platform for upcoming artists and is known for housing artworks by famed artists like Glenn Ligon, Rineke Dijkstra and many others. The gallery is famous for being a venue for several art-fairs ever since its establishment and is truly an art and cultural hub of the town. This gallery invites all the art enthusiasts for visitation.
Obert Contemporary is an exemplary art gallery that showcases some of the most talented artists of South Africa. The gallery gives you a different insight into the creative and artistic side of Johannesburg. Paintings, video installations, sculptures and other varied mediums of art are displayed in this spacious gallery. Visit the website for further details.
Wits Art Museum had humble beginnings, as a collection that was meant to be a teaching aid at the university. Generous patronage from Norman Herber allowed the faculty to acquire newer works. A major donation of classical African art in 1978 started things, and today, the museum has one of the finest collections of African art in the country. From modern works to historical art from all over Africa, the collection is extensive. The Standard Bank African Art Collection is the focal point of the museum. Other prominent exhibits include the Wits Museum of Ethnology Collection, The Sekoto Collection and The Robert Hodgins Print Archive. The modern museum building has state-of-the-art facilities to preserve the works. The on-site cafe offers a selection of snacks and light bites.
Housed in the Witwatersrand University property, The Life Sciences Museum and Biodiversity Centre claims to be the only museum of life sciences in the city of Johannesburg. Established in 2003, this museum was formed by the merger of the C. E. Moss Herbarium and Zoology museum. The C. E. Moss herbarium dates back to 1917 and boasts of a collection of 100000 botanical specimens from around the world. The Zoology museum dates back to 1922 and was founded by the Zoology Head of Department Professor Fantham. This museum was started as an attempt for the better understanding of the subject with the collections imported from Europe. Now, the zoology museum boasts of a collection of 60,000 specimens, out of which 40,000 are embryological specimens which are touted to be one of the largest embryological collections in the southern hemisphere.
Alexander Theatre is one of the famed and renowned theaters in the city of Johannesburg. This classy and elegant theater hosts a variety of entertaining shows, musicals and dramas. It has not restricted itself to a mere performing arts center, but has the requisite amenities and services to accommodate corporate functions, television and movie shoots and award parties. In the past Alexander Theatre has staged important events like 'SA Gots Talent', 'So You Think You Can Dance', The Eagle Print Awards' and ' Loyios Gola Comedy Festival'.
Johannesburg's centrally located historic suburb, Braamfontein, welcomes tourists from all corners of the world. The Eland is an imposing work of public art, installed at the suburb's entrance. Clive van den Berg, a celebrated South African sculptor, is ascribed with creating the 7.5-meter (24.60-feet) tall statue which finds itself at the corner of Bertha and Ameshoff streets in the heart of the town. Clive's design was endorsed by a team of eminent art experts in a competition held by the Braamfontein Art Committee in the year 2005. A prominent attraction of Braamfontein, the majestic statue of the animal lends grandeur and charm to an otherwise busy spot.