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“Johannesburg's art gem”
Review of Wits Art Museum

Wits Art Museum
Ranked #55 of 188 things to do in Johannesburg
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Owner description: 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.)
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 21 November 2013

If you have time to visit only one art gallery in Johannesburg please pick Wits Art Museum - or WAM as it is locally and affectionately known. This is not really a gallery (nothing is for sale) but a world class art museum showcasing the very best from the entire continent of Africa. The museum is owned and curated and managed by the University of the Witwatersrand and the collection boasts some 10 000 pieces of art - sadly only 10% of which are on display at any one time. But that just means you can go back often and always see something new. The collection is over 60 years old and has been housed until recently on the university campus and not easily viewable for the every day art lover. A year or two ago the entire collection was relocated into an extraordinary building in Braamfontein (just on the edge of JHB CBD - easy to find and easy to park and please don't fret about safety - Joburgers are very nice people!). The building has an NY Guggenheim feel to it and it was renovated for the sole purpose of showcasing this remarkable collection. Whatever you do - don't miss WAM!

Thank NickyFitzKenya
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