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.
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.
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.
As its name suggests, the Market Theatre, also known as the John Kani Theatre was once a fresh fruit and vegetable market. Dating back to the early 1900s, most of the original architecture still exists as well as a lot of the original signs. Within the huge complex, other than the Market Theatre stages, there are several galleries and restaurants. The three theaters at the Market are Main, Laager and Barney Simon. The venue stages all forms of production from drama, comedy, musical, community and South African to experimental theater.
What started out in 1994 as a small concert venue is now one of the most happening entertainment centers in Johannesburg, hosting many of South Africa's jazz legends. In 2003, Bassline was remodeled and renovated and now it can captivate nearly 1000 music fans with top-of-the-range acoustics. It has hosted over 3000 concerts of local and international music artists in the past. Apart from concerts, Bassline can also be rented for corporate functions and rehearsals. For complete details, call ahead or check the website.
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.
Overlooking the magnificent city skyline, Randlords is a gorgeous space available for hosting special events. Sitting atop the South Point Towers, the space is designed in the theme of a stylish lounge, with mood lighting and sleek decor choices. The outdoor deck affords some of the best views of the city. From product launches to corporate events the private soirees, the space is equipped to handle a wide variety of events. Randlords is occasionally, also host to public events like New Years Eve and other major celebrations.
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.
The Joburg Theatre Complex, also known as the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, has four stages and three additional rooms. The Mandela Theatre has a maximum capacity of 1,069; the Fringe Theatre seats 252 people; the Peoples Theatre has a maximum seating of 176; while the other theater offers a changing space and seating. The two-level foyer is tastefully minimalistic. The Joburg Theatre stages a variety of performance arts: mainstream theater, pantomime and dance. The times differ depending on the show. Check out the website for timings and upcoming events.