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Basic information

  • Area: 334.81 km² (129.27 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: 011
  • Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Population (EST): 957,441
  • Official language: English, Zulu, Afrikaans, Xhosa
  • Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2

Johannesburg – Places to Visit

Apartheid Museum

Apartheid MuseumThe Apartheid Museum tells a story of the triumph of the human of the human spirit over adversity and oppression. The museum has been conceptualized by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers.
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Johannesburg Zoo

Johannesburg ZooEnjoy a relaxing day with the entire family wandering through the 54 acres of lush gardens. The wide variety of wildlife will enthrall and entertain you. Tours are available to enrich your zoological experience and the highly acclaimed night tours allow you to discover the mysterious world of nocturnal creatures.
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Johannesburg Art Gallery

The Johannesburg Art Gallery is situated in Joubert Park, one of the oldest parks in the inner city. The mission of this institution is to contribute meaningfully to the appreciation of visual culture in a multicultural society.

The core functions of the Gallery are to collect works of art-historical importance, conserve them, display permanent and temporary exhibitions, and educate the public around these. It is committed to preserving and providing access to our national heritage and giving due recognition to South Africa’s neglected artists through its exhibitions, publications and education programmes.
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Market On Main

Market On MainMarket On Main happens every Sunday at Arts on Main from 10am - 3pm, and the first Thursday night of each month (besides January and April) from 7pm - 11pm.

Market On Main is made for the people of Joburg by the people of Joburg. Our goal is to encourage inner city lifestyle, learn lots about sustainable living, and provide a relaxed and creative space for our friends to spend their leisure time. Our stallholders are Gauteng based food and design fanatics, our venue is Arts On Main (the first child of the thriving Maboneng Precinct) and our friends are you!
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Carlton Panorama

Carlton PanoramaAt the Carlton Panorama you will have some very wonderful views of the city. On the 50th floor of the tallest building in South Africa this will be quite a treat. Be sure to bring your camera with you to take lots of pictures while you are up there on the top floor
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Constitution Hill

Constitution HillBuilt in 1892 as a prison to control the influx of the uitlanders (foreigners) by the then President of the Zuid Afrikaans Republik Paul Kruger the prison then became a Fort after the failed Jameson Raid of 1896 up until 1899 when it became a prison for the second time incarcerating mostly those who were opposed to apartheid the likes of Mahatma Ghandie, Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo etc.Today it is Museum and it houses the highest court in the land the Constitutional Court a place where human rights are protected.
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Museum Africa

Museum AfricaAccommodated in Johannesburg's former Fresh Produce Market building in Newtown, MuseumAfrica focuses on the geology, anthropology, archaeology and history of Southern Africa from the Stone Age and up until today. Of relevance to the heritage of the Freedom Struggle are "The Road to Democracy" exhibition (providing an overview of the social and political upheavals of the early 1990's), "Tried for Treason" exhibition (which tells the story of the 1950's Treason Trial and its accused), an exhibition of the life of Mahatma Gandhi (focusing on his life in Johannesburg), and a recreated 1950's Sophiatown scene (complete with Marabi music and Sophiatown fashions).
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The Market Theatre

The Market Theatre, founded in Johannesburg in 1976 by Mannie Manim and the late Barney Simon, was constructed out of Johannesburg’s Indian Fruit Market - built in 1913. The theatre went on to become internationally renowned as South Africa’s “Theatre of the Struggle”.
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Nelson Mandela National Museum

This is one of the biggest attractions in Gauteng,The house has been preserved the same state it was when the Mandelas lived in it in the 1960’s.Visitors to the Museum in the past include international tourists, heads of state and local residents keen to learn about the great man.
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Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum

The museum is intrinsically linked to the origins of the Soweto Uprisings and its aftermath. By 10:30am on 16 June 1976, thousands of students had gathered in Orlando West around Vilakazi Street and the precinct where the Hector Pieterson Museum is presently located to begin a protest march against the imposition of the Afrikaans language as the medium of instruction in Soweto’s schools.
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