1.The Apartheid Museum - The Apartheid Museum graphically portrays the apartheid story through photos, artifacts, newspaper clippings, chilling personal accounts, and film footage.
2.Constitution Hill - Overlooking the city of Johannesburg, Constitution Hill is a former prison that provides fascinating insight into South Africa's history. At the site, visitors can explore provocative exhibits at the Number Four museum, the Women's Goal museum, and the Old Fort museum. Together, the precinct was once known as The Fort, and it forged a reputation for its brutal treatment of political prisoners, common criminals, and passive resistors; famous former prisoners include Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. Today, the old Awaiting Trial building has been transformed into the Constitutional Court of South Africa, a symbol of freedom, which works to protect the rights of all the nation's people0
3.Gold Reef City - eight kilometers from the city center, visitors are whisked back to the gold rush days through a series of thrilling theme park rides and historical exhibits. This family-friendly attraction hosts reproductions of buildings and businesses from the era, including houses, shops, the Royal Theatre, a hotel, a Chinese laundry, a tailor's workshop, a chemist's shop, a newspaper office, and Johannesburg's first stock exchange. Visitors can also tour a disused shaft of the Crown Mines, one of the richest gold mines in the world.
Address: Shaft 14, Northern Parkway, Johannesburg
4.Soweto & the Mandela Museum - Soweto (an abbreviation for Southwestern Townships) lies 20 kilometers southwest of Johannesburg and offers visitors a journey into the soul of the fight for freedom. Mansions have sprouted up among the shanties, and the democratic government is trying to establish much-needed infrastructure and green spaces. Guided tours of the townships bring visitors here to meet the residents and see how they live. The tours often include a visit to Mandela House Museum, where Mandela lived with his wife Winnie before he was imprisoned for 27 years, as well as the Hector Pieterson Museum, and Freedom Square, where the Freedom Charter, the ANC's guiding document, was adopted.
5. The Maboneng Precinct - The vibrant Maboneng Precinct is a fantastic example of a successful mixed-use urban renewal project. Funky restaurants, cafes, art galleries, shops, hotels, and entertainment venues mix smartly with residential buildings. A top attraction here is the weekly Market on Main with food from all over the continent. Arts on Main and Revolution House are two of the first developments where warehouses are transformed into artists' studios, galleries, and shops. Other developments host Bioscope, an independent cinema; a community center; designer hotels; and boutiques. This is a wonderful area to wander around and feel the vibe of the city and grab a bite to eat or a cool drink.
6.The Lindfield Victorian House Museum - "living museum" and Provincial Heritage Site. This beautifully preserved middle-class Victorian home designed by one of South Africa's most famous architects, Herbert Baker, hold collections of 19th- and 20th-century furniture, art, and household items.
Address: 72 Richmond Ave, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
7.South African National Museum of Military History - traces the story of all the country's military conflicts. Highlights here include the World War II fighter planes and bombers as well as exhibits of tanks, ammunition, arms, and medals. Particularly interesting is the exhibit on medicine at war, which details the Zulu's use of traditional healing during the Anglo-Zulu war as well as modern day treatments used on the battlefield.
8. Wits Art Museum - Opened in 2012, this impressive museum hosts a superb collection of African art with many works from South Africa as well as West and Central Africa. The museum is part of the Wits University Cultural Precinct in the trendy area of Braamfontein.
9.Market Theatre - housed in a converted market building, it has four live theater venues where some of the finest productions in South Africa are presented. The complex also includes a bookshop, art and photographic gallery, and restaurants. Kippie's is a popular jazz venue, with music by well-known musicians in the evenings. In the huge parking lot opposite the Market Theatre complex a large flea market is held every Saturday.
Address: 56 Margaret Mcingana Street, Johannesburg
10. Johannesburg Art Gallery - in Joubert Park, the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) is one of the biggest collections of art in Africa with more than 9,000 works. The gallery focuses on works by South African and European artists. The exhibits include artifacts, drawings, textiles, and paintings from the 17th century to the present day from luminaries such as Picasso, Monet, Rodin, and Henry Moore, as well as South African artists such as William Kentridge. Works of sculpture are displayed in the courtyard of the gallery. Note that the gallery resides in a dangerous area of town, so it's advisable to take a reputable taxi directly to the entrance.
Address: Cnr Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park, Johannesburg