If you don’t know where you’re from, you won’t know where you’re going… History plays an important role in everyone’s lives. South Africa has a rich and interesting background and there are a number of museums across the country that illustrates this. Find an array of museums in Gauteng each showcasing something different, for you to take your kids or your school to.
Did you know?
Gauteng is the smallest of the 9 provinces in South Africa but Johannesburg is the largest city in SA. The industrial and commercial powerhouse of the country, Gauteng is the destination for many seeking employment. Even in days gone by, Johannesburg became popular due to the discovery of gold in the area, 40% of the world’s gold reserves in fact!
Guided tours of Constitution Hill
can be arranged beforehand for groups of more than 10 people. This is highly recommended as the information given and the professional manner of the guides adds so much value to the tour. You will get a chance to see the Constitutional Court which is the highest court in South Africa and was born of the country's first democratic Constitution in 1994. Prisoners of the apartheid era were also kept here and a tour of the facilities is a sobering reality of what suffering the era caused to inmates and disadvantaged people of South Africa. A must-see indeed to learn about South Africa's turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy!
The Johannesburg Art Gallery
has extensive collections of traditional and contemporary South African art and international art from the 16th century to the present. It has been at the forefront of the reassessment of the history of South African art through the presentation of groundbreaking exhibitions. Wits Art Museum
is home to an extraordinary collection of African art, including contemporary and historical art from South Africa and art from West and Central Africa. It hosts a dynamic program of events and art exhibitions. Please check times of operation of all museums and whether you need to book beforehand.
is possibly the most important museum that exemplifies the rise and fall of the Apartheid system of rule in South Africa. Not your average boring museum, you are guaranteed to be amazed and inspired by the stories told in these museums. School groups are welcome and are offered a guided tour.
The National Cultural History Museum
explores South Africa's cultural diversity with various permanent and temporary exhibitions. Exhibits include rock paintings and engravings of the San people and looking at archeology through Iron Age figurines. Smuts House Museum
is dedicated to the depiction of the simple life style of one of SA leaders.
looks at urban life in Johannesburg from the discovery of gold to the era of township jazz in the Sophiatown shebeens. There is a wide selection of interactive exhibits and temporary exhibitions that change on an ongoing basis. Hector Peterson Museum
is built on 3 levels and takes visitors through a selection of oral testimonies, photographs and video installations as well as original artifacts.
displays kick off with information panels illustrating the history of Roodepoort, with particular focus on the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand in 1884 by the Struben Brothers. Visits to this museum are by booking only and is especially interesting for school tours. The Transvaal Museum
is decorated with the skeletons of dinosaurs and even a whale. It provides a memorable experience for the whole family and is open 7 days a week.
Origins, geological and astronomy centres
South Africa contains some of the oldest archaeological and human-fossil sites in the world. Maropeng
the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. It is a fascinating journey of discovery, using world-class audio visual technology to present the history of the earth and the life forms it supports.
takes visitors on an extraordinary journey of discovery, which begins with the origins of humankind in Africa, and moving through the development of art, symbolism and technology on the continent. Kids can explore and learn about archeology while seeing fossils, dinosaurs and dinosaur eggs. They offer school tours and holiday programs, please contact them for further details.
, the ancient dolomite caves, with an underground lake, an hour from Johannesburg, is one of the fossil sites in the Cradle of Humankind and is part of the World Heritage Site. Guided tours run every half hour and remember to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
There are museums of transport, astronomy and the planetarium. Museums of Military and an SAA Museum, a Museum of Medicine and the Voortrekker Monument. These are all interesting and informative, well established and looked after to offer you a wonderful trip back in time.
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This page of our directory lists museums in Gauteng. Scroll down the names listed on this page to find a place you think is interesting. You may also find other day trip venues and places of interest by clicking on the day trips tab
. There are many subcategories created to make your search of places to visit in Gauteng easier so have a look through. Remember to review a place that you’ve visited, whether it was a good or bad experience, tell us what you think.