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Johannesburg's Workers' Museum, as the name suggests, exposes the conditions in which the city's substantial migrant population lived and worked in the 20th century. The museum occupies a former workers' compound, where hundreds of men lived in cramped and dirty conditions. These men worked for the city's sanitary and power departments, and lived under what amounted to little more than slave-like conditions. The compound was built in 1913, and it was used until the 1980s.

Today, the compound houses the Workers' Museum (opened in 2010), offering a poignant reminder of a dark period in Johannesburg's past through exhibits illustrating the horrid life a migrant worker lived. In addition to rooms such as bunk rooms and toilets, the museum also has a workers' library and resource center.

The Workers' Museum is managed as a branch of Museum Africa (its entrance is on Newtown Park, in the Newtown Cultural Precinct). It tells the story of migrants who came to Johannesburg from across Southern Africa, leaving behind their homes and families. Centrally located in the Newtown Cultural Precinct, the original dormitories, concrete bunks, and punishment room at the old compound building reveal the workers’ hardships under the migrant labour system. This was a cornerstone of the economy from the early 1900s to the 1970s, when at last the system of job reservation began to break down.

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 Johannesburg City Centre Walking Tour

Johannesburg City Centre Walking Tour

Enjoy a cultural walking tour of the history of Johannesburg with a local! Visit the first architectural buildings and its history, interact with its habitants and take great photos. feel the hustle and bustle of the city! Taste traditional lunch! We start at the Market Theatre in Newtown, then walk to the workers museum, the last surviving municipal compounds for black workmen. We will carry on to Chancellor House where Nelson Mandela set up South Africa's first black-owned law firm. We will explore Main Street which has some unique cultural architectures, leading us to Gandhi Square, a busy urban hub of commercial and retail activity. Discover the breathtaking 360° view of Johannesburg from the Top of Africa building to take amazing shots of the city! Followed by a unique local ride jumping into a popular mini bus taxi driving us to our final stop, a young vibrant part of town; the Maboneng Precinct. We will end the tour with a traditional Braai (Vegan, vegetarian friendly)
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation


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Should I book Workers' Museum tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Workers' Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 1 Workers' Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Workers' Museum 2021?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Workers' Museum costs USD 38.72. Guided Workers' Museum tours start around USD 38.72 per person. See all 1 Workers' Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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