Sights in Johannesburg

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Johannesburg is a unique African city with unmatched variety in terms of ethnicity, religion and economic status. Johannesburg Sights are many and varied in choice. The best of the best are as follows:

Apartheid Museum

Located to the southwest part of the city, this museum is becoming more and more popular with tourists with every passing year. This museum gives you a true--and sometimes shocking--picture of South African apartheid history, pictures, films, videos and documents portraying the pain and misery that reigned during the apartheid era. As you walk along the rooms, you will go through all these stories. One room has 121 hanging ropes, which were used to hang political prisoners to death. Eventually, you will reach the part that provides a gory picture of how, through pain and suffering, the country has attained its freedom.

Constitution Hill

Johannesburg Constitution Hill was set up during the freedom movement of South Africa in 1994. The austere Old Fort Prison Complex is famed for its eminent political prisoners including Nelson Mandela, Albert Luthuli and iconic Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi. This is the apex court of Johannesburg that decides upon cases relating to human rights. The area is as well-maintained as it was during the apartheid era, and it gives an authentic account of the freedom movement of South Africa. One can walk along the prison ramparts and read and write messages on the wall called "we the people." A separate section in this complex highlights the contribution of the women's freedom movement, as it was in earlier days used for women imprisonment.

National Zoological Garden

Although the name may suggest that it is a simple zoological garden like that found in most major cities, in reality, the National Zoological Garden in Johannesburg is more than just a zoo. Johannesburg Zoological garden is also a research and breeding center for endangered species. The aquarium here contains the largest freshwater fish collection. The reptile park is also very large, and has collections ranging from venomous Black Mambas to gigantic King crocodiles.

Origin Center

As the name suggests, the Origin Centre is a place dedicated to finding out how humans originated. It has a museum that features the chronological story of the evolution of Homo sapiens. One of the oldest traces of human beings was found in modern-day Sterkfontein caves. The skull and the little foot discovered here is still the oldest (almost 2 million years old) trace of human ancestors. The modern look of the Centre, and the way the story is told (using multimedia displays and photographs), is very elegant.

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Afrika Cultural Centre

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address:(011) 838-4541

African Herbalist Shop

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address:14 Diagonal Street, Newtown
openingHours:8a.m - 5p.m.

Art Africa

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address:62 Tyrone Avenue, Parkview
tel:(011) 486-2052/486-3193

Guild Hall

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address:Cnr Harrison and Market Streets Johannesburg.
tel:(011) 836-5560

Johannesburg Art Gallery

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address:Klein Street, Joubert Park
tel:(011) 725-3130

Gallery on the Square

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address:Shop No 32, Sandton Square, Maude Street, Sandton
tel:(011) 784-2847/8

Bunny Park

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address:(011) 422-3651

Hyde Park Gallery

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address:Shop LM21 Park Shopping Centre.
tel:(011) 325-5352

MuseuMAfricA

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address:Bree and Wolhuter Streets Newtown
tel:(011) 833-5624/5/6/7

19th Century Mine Stope

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address:Standard Bank, 5 Simmonds Street
tel:(011) 636-4989

Market Gallery

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address:Bree and Wolhuter Street, Market Theatre
tel:(011) 832-1 641 Ext 21 7

Totem Meneghelli Gallery

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address:209 Jeppe Street, Medical Centre
tel:(011) 336-4891

George Harrison Park

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address:Main Reef Road, west of Nasrec Road.

Joubert Park

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address:King George Street
tel:725-3130/80/81

Indian Mosque

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address:Market and Nugget Streets

Randieslaagte Beacon

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address:Louis Botha and Boundary Roads.

Madiba Freedom Museum

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tel:(011) 970-1355/69

Workers Museum

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tel:(011) 834-2181

Planetarium

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address:Yale Road on Wits Campus.
tel:(011) 716-3199

Bedford Gallery

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address:Shop 17, Upper Shopping Level, Bedford Centre, Smith Street, Bedfordview, 2008.
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