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Braamfontein, the beating heart of inner city arts, culture & history

Firmly grounded and steeped in history, this iconic location captures all moments of time through a rare display of architectural landmarks, some bearing witness to the past and others uplifted by the future. Considered an eclectic place where freedom of expression thrives and diversity embraced. Discover a cityscape fortified by culture and reimagined by a passion for creativity.

Immersed in this thriving metropolis is New Braamfontein Lofts, a development of handcrafted & consciously designed apartments that define the ideal urban lifestyle and a place you are proud to live in.

Just minutes from New Braamfontein Lofts you can find a collation of thought provoking and unique experiences;

Museums & Galleries

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
(8 min drive)
107 Central St, Houghton Estate

Established in 1999, The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela by recounting his career and fight for freedom. Exhibitions on display include The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela as well as an extensive photographic exhibit, among others. It is also the official home of the Nelson Mandela Foundation a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping those in need.

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Wits Art Museum
(6 min drive)
Cnr Jorissen & Bertha Street

This Museum is considered one of Johannesburg’s most visited tourist attractions and boasts an extraordinary collection of contemporary and historical art from South Africa, West Africa and Central Africa. WAM proposes a unique line-up of events as well as thought provoking exhibitions.  It also curates an impressive permanent collection of which guided tours are available. Learning and discovery is encouraged through impromptu drawing sessions, curator/artists talks as well as walkabouts.

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Constitution Hill
(7 min drive)

Joubert Street

Rich in history, this is a landmark & living museum of South Africa’s journey to democracy. Constitution Hill used to be a prison but is now the site of the South African Constitutional Court and is a symbol of hope and democracy. Guided tours are given with the intention to promote the values of constitutionalism, human rights and democracy with the purpose of “building from the past to preserve the future”. In addition to the extensive permanent museum exhibits, it also hosts exhibitions and lectures, and has a remarkable permanent art collection.

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The Fietas Museum
(2 min drive)
25 14th Street, Vrededorp

The Fietas Museum is a ‘living museum’ situated on 14th Street of the multi-cultural suburb known as Fietas. It famously displays a photographic series by David Goldblatt that was taken within the area. The building that houses the museum is one of the few original structures that survived the forced removals of the 1970s and 1980s.

The Fietas Museum is a non-profit organisation, established by Pageview born resident, Salma Patel, as an alternative model for development. The area’s important history and diverse heritage are used to promote interest and new investment, specifically in the tourism sector.

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The Origins Centre
(4 min drive)
Yale Road &, Enoch Sontonga Avenue, New Braamfontein

Opened by Thabo Mbeki in 2006, this centre houses archaeological findings of hominid fossils discovered in Africa as well as archaeological artefacts such as rock art dating back to over 75 000 years ago. The Origins Centre consists of a museum, art gallery and hosts public lectures on the 80 000 year cycle of Southern Africa human evolution.

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Bensusan Museum of Photography
(7 min drive)
Newtown

Featuring displays of rare photographic equipment, including an early Daguerre camera (the first publicly available photographic process). A diverse range of photographs are also exhibited, including wet-plate prints and works of local photographers. The intention of this museum is to educate visitors on the different processes, techniques and essentials of photography.

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The Apartheid Museum 
(9 min drive)
Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Road

This museum depicts South Africa’s struggle for freedom and passage to democracy through a chronological tour of events. Opened in 2001, it has 22 exhibition halls showcasing a series of artworks, photographs, videos and other memorabilia from the Apartheid era.

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Ditsong National Museum of Military History  
(7 min drive)
22 Erlswold Way

Opened in 1947 by General Jan Smuts this museum was intended to display South Africa’s involvement in WWII. Since its humble beginnings the displays have now considerably grown.

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The SAB World of Beer  
(7 min drive)
15 Helen Joseph Street, Newtown

More than 20 years old, the SAB World of Beer is entrenched in the beginnings of beer. They offer a tour that has been developed and perfected to give visitors insight into the history and culture of beer. You are also invited to experience their beer tastings or their monthly five-course beer-pairing lunches.

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Johannesburg Art Gallery   
(8 min drive)
Cnr Klein and King George Street, Joubert Park

Famously home to one of the largest art collections in South Africa, there are over 9000 works of art exhibited in the 15 halls and sculpture gardens. The gallery displays an impressive collection of work, ranging from 21st century South African art to 17th-century Dutch paintings and featured many international artists including the likes of Picasso, Monet and Salvador Dali.

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Berman Contemporary    
(6 min drive)
Cnr of Barry Hertzog and Napier Road, Richmond

This gallery is rooted in the growing understanding of the cultural richness and diversity of South African contemporary art. The collections centre on a vibrant group of artists living and working in South Africa.

Through studio visits, the gallery establishes connections to artists from all walks of life whose unique artistic processes celebrate their historical and cultural heritage and give voice to their complex societal realities, evoking an active and interpretative experience for the viewer.

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ABSA Art Gallery   
(12 min drive)
161 Main Street, City and Suburban 

Located on the ground floor of the ABSA Braamfontein building, unique works were commissioned to complement the architecture of these offices, the finished product was a cohesive collaboration between architects and artists, who together created a fascinating building and exhibition space.

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Standard Bank Art Gallery   
(8 min drive)
Frederick St, Marshalltown

Host to the annual Young Artist of the Year Award, the gallery sets the ideal platform for artist to display their works and expose their creative and often perplexing subject. The Standard Bank Gallery also hosts regular concerts and recitals as well as offers a unique exhibition programme.

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The Kalashnikovv Gallery    
(4 min drive)
70 Juta Street

Kalashnikovv is a contemporary fine art gallery and project space which is dedicated to providing support to both emerging and established South African artists. Kalashnikovv strives to create exhibitions and scenarios that will cause artists, curators and the public to question their own place in this ever evolving art world.

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ROOM Gallery
(8 min drive)
409 Killarney Court, 18 Riviera Road, Killarney

ROOM is an independent multi-disciplinary gallery including a project based space and residency focused on collaboration, interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange, with monthly artistic programming. The programming consists of film screenings, talks, happenings, dinners, gigs, performances and dinners hosted by ROOM and artists we engage with.

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Grayscale Gallery
(3 min drive)
33 De Korte Street, Braamfontein

A first of its kind, this gallery represents alternative street and previously considered ‘lowbrow’ art-forms. Founded by three graffiti artists it provides a stage for young emerging artists with backgrounds in graffiti and street art, illustration, tattooing and other sub-culture based art.

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PROJECT SPACE the Point of Order
(6 min drive)
Cnr of Bertha and Stiemens Street 

The Point of Order is an on-going project implemented by the Division of Visual Arts (DIVA) that functions as an experimental project space managed under the auspices of the exhibitions programme of the Division at the Wits School of Arts (WSOA). Just outside the University grounds, The Point of Order allows for the engagement of works/projects being made at DIVA in a publically accessible exhibition space. The programme covers student or staff led initiatives, and hosts residents, exhibitions, events and project exchanges with local and international individuals and institutions.

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Theatres

The Bioscope 
(14 min drive)
286 Fox Street, City and Suburban

A unique experience for the passionate film connoisseur. This independent cinema can seat approx. 62 and screens an array of independent and alternative local films. Their movie nights follow a theme and are sometimes paired with an activity relevant to that theme. And on warmer nights they host outdoor rooftop screenings, making for a fun and novel outing.

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Wits Theatre
(4 min drive)
24 Station Street

A creative platform that plays host to established and upcoming directors and performers across a variety of genres including contemporary dance and theatre. The theatre also functions as a workshop for students to explore and develop their artistic skills whilst entertaining the public.

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Joburg Theatre
(6 min drive)

Simmonds Street

The theatre is an exciting, bustling venue and offers theatre-goers a variety of shows including; classical ballet, comedy, drama, pantomime, intimate single-handers, full ensemble productions and special fare for children. It also gives performers, musicians, writers, directors, designers and technicians the space and opportunities to develop their skills in a commercially viable environment.

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Market Theatre
(6 min drive)
56 Margaret Mcingana Street, Newtown

With a 43-year history and over 300 awards the Market Theatre Foundation is celebratory of its past, anchored to the present and visionary about its future.  They strive to create an authentic South African cultural experience which is committed to providing the highest level of artistic excellence.

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POPart Theatre
(15 min drive)
286 Fox Street, City and Suburban

An independent theatre, Production Company and performing arts centre. POPArt stands for People of Performing Art, providing a platform for the showcasing of some of the freshest work and ideas from some of the hottest emerging and established Performing Arts talents in Johannesburg.

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Exploring & touring the wide open spaces

WITS Planetarium 
(5 min drive)

Yale Road

Opened in 1960 and situated on the university’s grounds. The planetarium plays host to many interesting and educational shows geared for both adults and children. The highlight of the experience is an awe inspiring reveal of a clear sky bejewelled by a constellation of stars and planets never before seen. You are sure to leave mesmerised and with an expanded perception of the world as you know it.

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Melville Koppies
(8 min drive)

4 Judith Road, Emmarentia

A heritage site and the last of Johannesburg’s remaining ridges, the reserve is home to over 200 bird species and a variety of small mammals such as genets, civets, hedgehogs, and mongooses. The Melville Koppies are only accessible on Sundays and offer 3 hour tours for groups.

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Braamfontein Spruit MTB trail
(15 min drive)
18, 3 Louw Geldenhuys Drive, Emmarentia

Adventure awaits you, just a short drive from Braamfontein’s CBD, in a lush reprieve from the bustling city. The trail is easily accessible and creates the link between the Emmarentia dam and the Johannesburg Botanical gardens. The trail is not difficult to navigate and is easy enough for all skill levels to traverse. With an abundance of vegetation and bird life this truly makes for a great day out for both adventure seekers and families alike.

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Johannesburg Botanical Gardens 
(13 min drive)

Olifants Road, Emmarentia

A grand expanse of manicured gardens set within an 81-hectare sanctuary overlooking the Emmarentia dam. This is the ideal place to escape the hum of the city and catch your breath whilst being surrounded by the calm of nature. Due to its close proximity to the dam; canoeing, kayaking and fishing are available for the outdoor adventure enthusiast.

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Main Street Mining District
(8 min drive)

Fox Street & Ferreira Street, Marshalltown

Steeped in history, the Main Street Mining District has been home to the city’s mining headquarters since Johannesburg was founded in 1886. Walk the seven blocks of this converted main street to experience the historical journey forged by our city of gold. Starting from Gandhi Square and ending at Ntemi Piliso Street you will find information boards detailing the mining history as well as relevant artefacts from the gold rush such as mining equipment, carts and stamp presses.

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Ride a steam train with Reefsteamers 
(7 min drive)

A 41, Park Station, Rissik Street, CBD

A novel way to explore they city and country side, Reefsteamers are locomotive enthusiast who offer day trips from Johannesburg to Magaliesburg and back. They depart from JHB Park Station and journey through the picturesque countryside to the charming village of Magaliesburg. On arrival you have the opportunity to peruse the various curio shops and settle down for a picnic in the tranquil grounds next to the station.

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Roving Bantu Treks 

Tours with a difference! Journey in and around Jozi whilst learning from stories, anecdotes, historical background and off the beaten track experiences.

Tours can be suggested or tailor-made to suite anyone’s requests. Wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go and whatever you want to see… the Roving Bantu can accommodate you. Tours include “Inner city Jozi” & “Brixton Fietas Heriatge Trek”

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Past Experiences Walking Tour 

Past Experiences run a variety of themed tours – from shopping to graffiti to a spicy Fordsburg tour. Their tours are experienced by foot or via public transport allowing you to see Johannesburg from a different and exciting perspective. Tours include; historic tours that explore the oldest buildings in the city, shopping tours that take you to local retail gems, public art tours that reveal the Joburg street art scene and neighbourhood specific tours, such as I Love Braamies & I Love Newtown.

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Hop-on hop-off City Sightseeing bus 

This is the most easily accessible and convenient way to explore Joburg. Some of the stops include the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, SAB World of Beer, Origins Centre, Zoo Lake and Ditsong Museum to name but a few. Even though the destination is the highlight, the journey is equally as intriguing, be captivated while the bus routes take you through some of the city’s most vibrant areas rich in history, culture and design.

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