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Address: 1 Jan Smuts Avenue | University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 2001, South Africa
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+27 11 717 1365
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Leading museum of African art. Collection of 11 000 African artworks from...

Leading museum of African art. Collection of 11 000 African artworks from 19th century to the present including traditional, modern and contemporary. Very active temporary exhibition and education programmes. Award winning contemporary architecture in a vibrant neighbourhood.The WAM Cafe is a great place for lunch, coffees and light snacks (Mon to Fri. Light snacks Sat 10h00 to 14h00.)

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Interesting art in a vibey suburb called Braamfontein. There are other art galleries and coffee shops in the neighbourhood.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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It is a small museum, the collection is big but the pieces into museum change every 3 months. The exposition consist only if few pieces. Anyway, I enjoied my time inside (45 minutes for the whole museum) it is free and every opera is well explained. If you have time I suggest to visit it.

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Thank Eli L
South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting art in a vibey suburb called Braamfontein. There are other art galleries and coffee shops in the neighbourhood.

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Thank ChintaSouthAfrica
Michigan City, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

We went to see Life Scapes, an exhibition of student research about a holding of the museum. It was a fascinating premise for a collection and we loved seeing the background on each piece. Well done. The cafe there is lively as well.

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Thank Consultcinda
Pretoria, South Africa
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

I am really excited about WAM - everything from the curation to the café is a great experience. It's always tricky finding parking though, and Wits security are really awful to visitors. Otherwise this would have got 5 stars. Definitely not to be missed!

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EastSussex
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40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Interesting building nice cafe but gallery closed when we went. Refurbishment in progress until end of Jan 2017. Tripadvsior doesn't give the N/ A when asking for an overall rating so overall rating in 0.

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Thank Hastingstraveler
Johannesburg, South Africa
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Since the new building, a great gallery to visit with really interesting work from some great contemporary artists.

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Thank danders212
Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

WAM is a beautiful museum attached to the University of Witswatersrand and has regular exhibitions of South African art and art installations. It has a bright and inviting coffee shop attached to it.

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Thank Gita48
Johannesburg
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

We went to see the exhibition of "An 80th Celebration with Linda Givon" and while they were exhibiting Jack Ginsberg's collection, we did choose to concentrate of Linda Givon's collection. Art is art in the eye of the beholder so I won't talk about the art which is as good and diverse as any Art Gallery or Museum. The area... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Close to the Wits main campus, the Wits Art Museum showcases various art with its main attraction being the works of Walter Batiss, the polarizing South African artist who envisioned a land called Fook Island. The prints, paintings, sculptures and video documentary on him are a must see. When in Joburg and with time, this is definitely one place you... More 

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Thank Luc V
Johannesburg
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Well-designed museum, with clear thematic displays of art made by Africans. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides.

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