Tourist attractions near Midrand
Explore our personal selection of tourist attractions near Midrand, that are also easy to get to from our guest house. You can find a list of museums and galleries with South African history and culture, that are doubtlessly worth visiting when you are in the Johannesburg area. Whether you are into World history, natural history, sculptures, paintings or famous architecture, you will certainly find something to your liking here.
One of the most visited museums near Midrand in Johannesburg is the Apartheid Museum. It was built by an organisation called Akali Egoli, also known as Gold Reef City, and was opened to the public in 2001. The Museum was built by the company as a part of a governmental agreement, which served as a legal way of granting a casino licence to Gold Reef City.
The building has a unique design and structure, which all enhances the story told about the Apartheid era to both its local and international visitors. On entering the museum, excursionist are taken on an epic journey, which has been conscientiously composed by exceptional historians, curators, filmmakers and designers. The tour consists of 22 distinctive exhibitions with text panels, photographs, film footage and artifacts demonstrating how the racial segregation system was enforced and eventually ended during the 20th century in South Africa.
Find out more about the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg: www.apartheidmuseum.org
Jan Smuts House
General Jan Christiaan Smuts (24 May 1870 – 11 September 1950) was a remarkable South African and British Commonwealth Statesman, military leader politician and philosopher. He led armies of South Africa during the first and also the second World War, and he was the only man to sign both of the peace treaties ending both World Wars.
It is believed, that he bought the Smuts House in Britain, which was originally constructed there, then later it was shipped to India. The building reached its final destination in 1909 at Doornkloof, where the Smuts family had lived many happy moments. Both the General and Mrs Smuts had died in this family home during the 1950’s. Many parts of the house has been preserved in its original state, as it has been used by the family back in the days. Visitors may find interesting artifact from the Smuts family, including: dozens of original family photos, sculptures, beautiful and delicate china, vintage furniture, a the Smuts’ personal library and many more. The Museum also has a few war machines exhibited from the World Wars.
Find out more about the Jan Smuts House Museum by visiting: www.smutshouse.co.za
James Hall Transport Museum
The James Hall Transport Museum is located in the heart of Johannesburg and it is easily accessible via the local Hop-on Hop-off buses run by CitySightseeing.
The Museum was established by James Hall and the City of Johannesburg in 1964. There are 7 different sections packed with all the different vehicles that has been used by the forefathers of South Africa for transport over the last hundred years. This is the most remarkable and comprehensive collection of vehicles in South Africa housing 2500 items, which includes animal drawn-, steam-driven-, electric-, motor vehicles and even buses, coaches and trolley buses. The most veteran and also the most precious of motorcars displayed at the museum is a 1900 Clement Panhard.
This exhibit is a must for all who have a bit of passion for car, motorbikes or history. Guided tours are available for groups, clubs and school groups as well.
For more details, visit their website at: www.jhmt.org.za
SAB World of Beer in Johannesburg
SAB World of Beer is one of the iconic tourist attractions in Johannesburg. SAB WoB is not only a brewery, but also a museum exhibiting the history of beer making in South Africa. They offer a very informative guided tour about the brewery, a fantastic beer tasting and an exquisite five course beer pairing to their visitors (the later is a monthly event).
Visit their website for booking your tickets, or to learn more about World of Beer at: www.worldofbeer.co.za
Historical Sites near Midrand
The Voortrekker Monument was built in honor of the Voortrekkers who migrated on their wagons from the British controlled Cape to move more inland (to what is called South Africa today) in hope for a better living during the 1830s and 1840s. This major migration is called the ‘Great Trek’.
The construction of the Monument started on 13 July 1937, and it was introduced to the public on 16 December 1949. The building was mostly funded by the government, and was declared as a National Heritage Sight on 8 July 2011. The building is located on the Monument Hill and rests on a 40 by 40 meters foundation and has the same height. The architectural style has been influenced by French, German, Egyptian and also by the African culture. The Monument has many great features, like: the Cenotaph, the round floor opening, the 6 ton statues at the four corners, the breathtaking rooftop and interior view, the laager of 64 ox-wagons, 20.000 seater large amphitheatre, etc.
Find out more details about , by visiting: www.vtm.org.za
Other Attractions near Midrand
Montecasino in Johannesburg
Montecasino in Fourways is one of the most beautiful leisure and casino centres in Johannesburg. The centre was designed to imitate a medieval Tuscan village, both inside and outside. Montecasino is also home for a great many cultural events year round. Moreover it has it’s very own theater called Teatro. And if this wasn’t enough, the centre also has a movie theater, 30 exquisite restaurants and even a Bird Gardens for additional entertainment.
Find out more about Montecasino at: www.tsogosun.com
Soweto Bicycle Tours
Soweto is Johannesburg’s most famous township with a population of about 1.5 million. This township had a major role in ending the Apartheid era in South Africa. The most popular way among tourists to learning about South African history is to visit Apartheid Museum. But the more realistic way is to visit Soweto on an organized bicycle tour. Lebo’s Soweto happens to be one of the most reliable companies who organize such tours. However, they also offer alternative ways to experience Soweto and the history of SA.
Find out more about their services and book your tour at: www.sowetobackpackers.com
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