Primary Programme

Participating museums are free and open to the public on Museum Night. There are no tickets - simply review the programme and decide where you want to go. Each museum has a primary programme of current exhibitions, supported by a secondary programme of workshops, performances, talks and other activities. View the programme by site below, or download the print-at-home programme to take with you.


Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre

Address:
1 Duncombe Road, Forest Town

Opening hours on Museum Night:
5pm - 10pm

Admission on Museum Night:
Free

Parking:
Limited undercover parking + street parking

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About this museum

The Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre (JHGC) seeks to raise awareness of the evils of genocide with a particular focus on the Holocaust and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The new building opened in March 2019, hosting permanent and temporary exhibitions that aim to teach the public about the consequences of prejudice, racism, antisemitism, homophobia and xenophobia, and the dangers of indifference, apathy, and silence to freedom and democracy.

The centre aims to help to create a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued.

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What’s on show

→ Permanent exhibition

The uniquely curated exhibition allows visitors to explore history and moral choices through the personal voices of various role players – victims, perpetrators, resisters, rescuers, bystanders and others, urging visitors to reflect on lessons from these histories and apply them to their own lives. The visitor explores the exhibition through many displays including information panels, artefacts, testimonies, films, multimedia, poetry, art and music.

Through the Lens of My Camera

Portraits of Holocaust Survivors in Johannesburg - A powerful and poignant exhibition in partnership with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, featuring 32 portraits of Johannesburg-based Holocaust Survivors, by long-time JHGC supporter and photographer, Julian Pokroy.


Secondary programme

Hall of Light

→ 17:30

Family Workshop - Suitcase.  A special introduction to exhibition themes
for younger visitors. Open to children 8 years old and above. 
25 spaces available.


→ 18:30

Family Workshop - Portraits. An introduction to our temporary exhibition Through the Lens of my Camera: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors in Johannesburg. Open to children of 8 years old and above. 
25 spaces available.


Seminar Room

→ 18:00

Short film - Defying Genocide


→ 19:30

Film Screening - The Accountant of Auschwitz. Special screening in partnership with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of South Africa.  Please RSVP in advance.


Permanent Exhibition Space

Mini activations in the permanent exhibition space throughout the evening.

→ 17:00


→ 21:00

‘Think of a time…’ – Killing the Other.  Consider personal choices and active citizenship through a facilitated discussion around Alon Skuy and James Oatway’s  photographic installation of Xenophobic violence.


To RSVP please contact dowi@jhbholocaust.co.za or 0116403100


Food and drink

→ issy’s coffee and gift shop

Open late

Wits Art Museum (WAM)

Address:
Jorissen and Bertha Streets, Braamfontein

Opening hours on Museum Night:
5pm - 10pm

Admission on Museum Night:
Free

Parking:
Limited parking on site (access from Jorissen)

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About this museum

Wits Art Museum is home to an extraordinary collection of African art, including contemporary and historical art from South Africa, as well as art from West and Central Africa. The collection itself emerged from a small teaching collection in the 1950s, while the museum building itself was completed in 2010, hosting cutting edge exhibition spaces and art storage facilities. WAM hosts an active programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

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What’s on show

A beast slouches and so forth: Robert Hodgins at WAM

The exhibition title is a combination of the titles of two paintings by Robert Hodgins in WAM’s collection. Highlighting Hodgins’ lesser-shown paintings in the collection, the exhibition includes powerful works that wrestle with the paradox of a world in which extremes of beauty and horror co-exist.


→ Joachim Schönfeldt – Panels of Place

The most comprehensive review of of Schönfeldt’s ‘plein air’ paintings to date, Panels of Place includes nearly 50 works, produced since 1994. Painted on carved wooden panels, the artist has captured both iconic Johannesburg sites, like Orlando Stadium and the Nelson Mandela Railway Bridge, as well as domestic settings. The works remind us of the complex layers of meaning that are inherent in place and explore topical South African issues as contested land ownership, archiving history and the landscape painting genre as ideological expression.


Secondary programme

→ 17:00 – 21:00

Guided tours (starting 5pm, 7pm and 9pm)


Food and drink

→ See nearby restaurants in Braamfontein

Melle St, De Korte St, Juta St etc.

Constitution Hill

Address:
11 Kotze Road, Johannesburg

Opening hours on Museum Night:
5pm - 10pm

Admission on Museum Night:
Free

Parking:
Basement parking (Level C), access from Joubert Street

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About this museum

Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa’s transition from colonialism and apartheid to democracy, with all the pain, pathos and catharsis that such a journey entails. The site served as a prison and briefly as a military fort for 100 years, incarcerating men, women and even children within its walls. Its long-standing history of incarceration and abuse is today laid bare for all to see. Alongside the museum is the site of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

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What’s on show

→ exhibitions

The temporary exhibitions, which make use of a variety of venues, complement the permanent exhibitions that can be found in the Old Fort, the Women's Jail and Number Four. These latter exhibitions offer insights into life in the prison and include the stories of high-profile inmates such as Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Barbara Hogan and Albertina Sisulu.

→ Play Africa

Play Africa will be open for children from 4pm to 9pm (located at the Old Fort). Play Africa is part of a global movement that celebrates and promotes the power of play in learning. For young children, free, self-directed play is an integral part of early learning and healthy development.


Secondary programme

Guided tours (starting 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm) alternating between Number 4 and Constitutional Court, and The Women’s Jail and Constitutional Court.

Storytelling under the stars at the Play Africa planetarium (located at the Old Fort).

→ 17:00 – 21:00


Food and drink

→ The Hill Café

Light meals and beverages until 10pm

Origins Centre

Address:
Yale and Enoch Sontonga Streets (inside Wits campus), Braamfontein, Vehicle access only

Opening hours on Museum Night:
5pm - 10pm

Admission on Museum Night:
Free

Parking:
Available on site (inside Wits campus)

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About this museum

Visitors to the Origins Centre follow a path of hominin innovation that began over 2 million years ago. Opened by President Thabo Mbeki in 2006, the Origins Centre is dedicated to exploring and celebrating the history of modern humankind. It contains evidence of ancient stone tools, artefacts of symbolic and spiritual significance, and examples of our region’s visually striking rock art. It also captures the impact of the colonial front and highlights examples of resistance.

The Origins Centre also boasts an extensive collection of rock art from the Rock Art Research Institute (RARI) at Wits, affording visitors the opportunity to view some of the richest visual heritage found in South Africa and to learn about its history and meaning.

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What’s on show

→ exhibitions

Permanent exhibitions, archaeological materials, and a virtual reality museum experience.

Kitching Fossil Gallery – a separate institution accessed from within the Origins Centre.

#TheFinalStraw – An exhibition presented by KFC, coinciding with their commitment to remove plastic straws from their South African stores


Secondary programme

Temporary Gallery (First floor)

'Colouring Africa' Ochre workshop with archaeologist Dr Tammy Hodgskiss - Make paint from ochre while learning about 100 000 years of the use of ochre and colouring materials in Africa and around the world.

→ 17:00 – 18:00


Tapestry Room (Basement)

→ 18:30 – 20:00

'Tranceformations and Transformations' book launch with living legend Sylvia Glasser (recipient of the Order of Ikhamanga Silver and a Knighthood from the Kingdom of the Netherlands)


Museum entrance

→ 20:00 – 21:30

Guided tour with tour guide extraordinaire Brian Mogaki


Food and drink

→ FoodArt Restaurant

Open Late

Address:
Klein and King George Streets, Johannesburg

Opening hours on Museum Night:
5pm - 9pm

Admission on Museum Night:
Free

Parking:
Limited parking available on site (150 bays), Uber / taxi recommended

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About this museum

Since opening its doors in 1915, JAG’s home on the edge of Joubert Park has remained at the epicentre of Johannesburg’s art establishment. The impressive building and exhibition halls are one thing, but behind this is a collection of over 9000 works of art, including everything from 15th-century prints to contemporary South African sculpture. For Museum Night, attendees can look forward to the opening of the new exhibition ‘The Art of Comics’.

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What’s on show

→ The Art of Comics

South African Comics and French Bande Dessinée in Conversation. Museum Night coincides with the public opening event of this major new exhibition at JAG.


Food and drink

→ See nearby restaurants in Braamfontein

Melle St, De Korte St, Juta St etc.

The Apartheid Museum

Address:
Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road

Opening hours on Museum Night:
5pm - 10pm

Admission on Museum Night:
Free

Parking:
Available on site

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About this museum

The Apartheid Museum tells the story of the rise and fall of apartheid.  The award winning and internationally acclaimed museum recounts the political upheavals beginning in the last century and moves on to the transition from a racist state into Africa’s beacon of hope as the century turned again. Tragedy and heroism. Tyranny and freedom. Chaos and peace. The Apartheid Museum is a journey, not just a destination. A journey to understanding, freedom and equality.

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What’s on show

→ Permanent exhibitions

Odyssey to Freedom

On the life and times of Advocate George Bizos.

On Common Ground

On Common Ground exhibits the work of two of South Africa’s most renowned photographers, David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane, side-by-side. Curator and photographer, Paul Weinberg brings works by these veterans into direct conversation, using the gallery space to present Goldblatt and Magubane’s astute and distinct approaches to photography within the context of a shared pull to document apartheid South Africa and the post-1994 period of democracy.


Food and drink

→ refreshments

Refreshments will be available for the first 50 visitors on Museum Night.

Address:
Wedge Building,
Origins Centre,
Yale and Enoch Sontonga Streets (inside Wits campus), Braamfontein, Vehicle access only

Opening hours on Museum Night:
5pm - 10pm

Admission on Museum Night:
Free

Parking:
Available on site (inside Wits campus)

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About this museum

The museum displays some of the most stunning examples of South Africa’s fantastic fossil record. It is named after James Kitching one of the world’s greatest palaeontologists who discovered many of the specimens on display and was nicknamed “X-Ray eyes” because of his extraordinary skill in finding fossils. Not only does the museum contain extraordinary South African fossils it also contains life sized reconstructions of some the strange animals that inhabited Africa millions of years ago. Meet Fang the African Hunting dinosaur, George the sabre-toothed gorgonopsian mammal-ancestor, Albert the tusked plant eating mammal-ancestor Frieda the dome-headed mammal-ancestor and “Lunch” (food for George of course). There is also a current display on fossil myths and legends.

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What’s on show

→ Ancestors Exhibition of South African Fossils

Life size reconstructions of dinosaurs
and mammal ancestors


Secondary Programme

→ 18:30 – 20:00

Follow the clues and find the hidden treasure in the museum!!!