The Apartheid Museum best reflects the history of South Africa's apartheid days. Under the able guidance of Nelson Mandela, the country strongly fought racial discrimination, and this museum stands as a reminder of those stories and experiences. Photographs, film footage and artifacts displayed in the 22 exhibition areas will take one through the journey of the nation's struggle. If you're in Johannesburg, do not miss an opportunity to gain insight into this integral part of South Africa's history.
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.
An, as yet, unexplained phenomenon occurs in one of the windows in this stately church each day as the sun is setting. The image resembling the crucifixion of Christ appears in only one of the windows, although it is of the same hue, consistency and construction as all the others. To date, no chemical or physical explanation has been found, and the occurrence is widely accepted as a form of stigmata. The window is of hammered, amber glass and grants an amazingly clear picture of the scenes at Golgotha. For visits, phone and arrange details.
Commonly referred to as Mandela House, Nelson Mandela National Museum is an important national monument in Johannesburg. This museum is housed at the prior residence of the legendary Nelson Mandela himself and takes one through the history of Africa. Operating since 1997, this museum showcases several artifacts of the former President. The museum chronicles the life story of Nelson Mandela and his family and his struggle for the betterment of Africa. The museum was renovated in 2009 and has been listed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa.
Probably the most frequented open-space area in the suburbs of Johannesburg, Zoo Lake has a restaurant, paddle-boat facilities as well as waterfowl in abundance. The restaurant is housed within buildings at the heart of the property and a bowling club lies to the right. Concerts are often hosted here and an annual, ‘Jazz at the Park' concert is becoming a recognized event. ‘Artists under the Sun' is a regular affair providing artists an opportunity to showcase their works by the lakeside. Weekends are always hectic and everyone and their dog seems to find some amusement there. No entrance fee. Dogs on leashes only. Plenty of parking.
This house belonged to one of South Africa's foremost statesmen, Jan Christian Smuts. Smuts was a philosopher, a farmer, lawyer and a botanist. Clad in wood and steel, the homestead is quite evocative. The furniture and decorations inside the house are still the same as they were when Jan lived there, with just little renovations. Visitors to the farmhouse can get to enjoy Smuts' love for farming, by taking a walk in his interesting yard.
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.
Housed in a 15-story building, the Neighbourgoods Market's structure impresses you with the mural artwork by Eduard Villa. Open every Saturday through the morning and afternoon, the Neighbourgoods Market is a nice place to spend a warm morning, whether you want to enjoy browsing through local artisan products, sample the various delicacies cooked up by local chefs or get fresh food fresh from the farmers' produce. Besides the fresh produce, the market comes alive during the various festivities like the We Love Real Craft Beer Festival, the Barrel and Vine Festival Festival and so on that happen throughout the year.
Incorporating interactive learning methods to promote science and technology education, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is a popular destination in the city. The large number of exhibits aim at improving public awareness to technological advancements and inventions. The center constitutes state-of-the-art classrooms, an auditorium and well-equipped laboratories. Sci-Bono Discovery Centre also regularly features a range of entertaining parties and events.
Bus Factory was an old bus shed that has been converted into a creative space. This place is predominantly an art gallery that houses the works of many painters and artists, but it also has exclusive African crafts, jewelery and home ware. The place has a very pleasant decor with quaint African artifacts decking up the place.
Established in 1991, Artist Proof Studio aims to bring about social and cultural change through art. To do this, the studio trains close to 100 people annually, in the art of printmaking. Most of the trainees come from an weak economic backgrounds and the training helps them become established artists. The facility has a gallery showcasing a diverse collection of art by acclaimed artists, most of which is for sale. Drop by at the studio to learn more about their social initiatives or simply to check out the artwork on display. The studio also acts as a gathering place for budding artists to learn and collaborate. Check website for more.