Museums, Culture and Science
For visitors wanting to learn more about the history of South Africa and the events that have shaped it, there is an array of museums and heritage sites in and around Johannesburg covering countless topics.

The Maropeng Visitors Centre showcases the Cradle of Humankind and the development of our ancestors. The Origins Centre is a world-class museum dedicated to exploring and celebrating the history of modern humankind, telling the story of the emergence of human beings and humanity.

There are also many sites showcasing South Africa’s unique democracy. The Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill illustrate the rise and fall of apartheid, through to the dawn of equality.

South Africa has a thriving visual and performing arts community and Johannesburg showcases many innovative homegrown productions. Theatregoers are spoilt for choice, with Johannesburg often hosting major international shows as well as a year-round programme of world-class local theatre productions. Theatres include Auto & General Theatre On The Square, Joburg Theatre, Peter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre and Studio, Victory Theatre, Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City and the Market Theatre in Newtown.