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SAB World of Beer, Johannesburg Zoo, Bensusan Photographic Museum, Satyagraha House, Hillbrow Tower, Enoch Sontonga Memorial Park, Moyo Restaurants, Newtown Cultural Precinct, Sandton City, Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, Brenthurst Gardens, Nelson Mandela Bridge, Constitution Hill, Rand Easter Show, Apartheid Museum, Radium Beer Hall, ABSA Art Gallery, Oriental Plaza, The Bag Factory, Standard Bank Gallery
Housed in a century-old building that was originally a fresh produce market, MuseuMAfricA is the go-to place for history buffs. The amount of historic memorabilia and documentation is bewildering that began with the donation of a private collection in 1933 and has grown to over 800000 objects. The items on display are tastefully placed within a building that perfectly suits the subject matter.
Indigenous African cultures are explored and traditional history takes a bit of a back seat to display African artefacts and costumes, however, there are also fascinating Portuguese navigational maps and manuscripts written by intrepid explorers.
Colourful and interesting dioramas of township life and shebeens (illegal bars), as well as an iron-age Tswana dwelling, brings the museum to life.
Of particular interest are the rare tokens accumulated from all parts of the continent. Other displays highlight African music history amongst the various cultures, art through the ages, gender fluidity and political cartoons that date back centuries.
Central to the museum is the Rivonia Treason Trial that took place between 1963 and 1964 and ended with life imprisonment handed down to 8 men, the most famous of which was Nelson Mandela.
MuseuMAfricA hosts other, smaller museums such as the geological museum with its thousands of geological exhibits in themed rooms that include the Freak Show room (you will need to visit to find out more!), the rock art museum showcasing striking art created by South Africa’s first nation the San, the Bensusan museum of photography and the Bernberg museum of fashion.
Considering the diversity of material on display at MuseuMAfricA, it’s a wonder that entrance is absolutely free! The museum is open every day except Mondays between the hours of 9h00 and 17h00. Don’t miss this museum!