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History Museum
“The apartheid museum is approximately 34 minute's (30km) drive from Jackal Creek. For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental. The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own.”
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Museum
“Set aside a few hours for this compulsory site chronicling Apartheid. The site is imbued with historical traumas but is also a beacon for progress and subversion. This old prison now houses the highest court in South Africa. There is a permanent art exhibition featuring all of South Africa's esteemed artists. A tour of the prisons that held Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Winnie Mandela is comparable to Robin Island in Cape Town. ”
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“Gorgeous art gallery owned and curated by the Unitversity of the Witswatersrand! Has a collection of new artists, plus retrospectives on the more established creators too.”
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Museum
“Located on an 80ha site next to the Johannesburg Zoo, in Saxonwold, the Ditsong National Museum of Military History is one of South Africa’s most undervalued attractions. It is the only one of its kind in the country, and is considered the “spiritual and symbolic home of regular and reserve soldiers and veterans in South Africa and throughout the world”.”
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History Museum
“I love the educating side of it all. It's like they have all the history of Johannesburg summarised into one huge building of a museum. ”
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Museum
“Trace your family tree and find out which great historic people you are related to.. its less than 10km away from "Endlini"”
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History Museum
“The Museum of African Design (popularly known as MOAD) opened in a cavernous former-industrial building in the Maboneng Precinct in downtown Johannesburg in late 2013. The museum does not own a permanent collection, but hosts a new exhibition every four months, showcasing disciplines as varied as African fashion and furniture to architecture, landscaping and public art. Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 to 17:00, Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 to 18:00.”
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Museum
“You can run a 5 km ring... Stunning view on Rosebank and Sandton... Even more when stormy weathers!”
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Bed & Breakfast
“Gandhi's home when he lived in Joburg from 1908 to 1909, as he was traveling extensively between Joburg, London and India, raising money and attention for Indian liberation. Beautifully restored and inspiring, the museum actually rents out rooms and conference space. ”
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Museum
“Not only is Museum Africa one of the most beautiful buildings where it lies right next door to the Market Theatre complex in Bree Street, Newtown, but it is also a museum with a difference - people who have visited museums throughout the world remark at the interesting and unique approach to the main displays.”
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Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“SAB World of Beer is a museum of beer, and conference venue operated by South African Breweries; it is located in Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa. The museum has nearly 50,000 visitors a year. It is open for tours Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm.”
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Museum
“World class science centre that supports maths, science and technology and offers innovative and dynamic learning experiences for people of all ages. ”
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Museum
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Memorial Site
“The Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre seeks to raise awareness of the evils of genocide with a particular focus on the Holocaust and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda; to serve as a memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust, all victims of Nazi Germany and the estimated 800,000 Tutsi victims of the Genocide in Rwanda; and to teach about the consequences of prejudice, racism, antisemitism, homophobia and xenophobia and the dangers of indifference, apathy, and silence to freedom and democracy.”
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Planetarium