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“Fresh new museum space in downtown Jozi”
Review of Wits Art Museum

Wits Art Museum
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US$31.72*
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Johannesburg Combo: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off and Soweto Tours
Ranked #57 of 173 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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage
Johannesburg, Michigan
2 reviews
“Fresh new museum space in downtown Jozi”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

The Wits Art Museum is a refreshing and welcome fairly-recent addition to downtown Jozi's Braamfontein. With its big glass windows, it is inviting to the public, and hopefully helps make art and photography a less 'exclusive' zone. WAM has a busy programme of events, and especially walkabouts by artists and experts. Admission is free! Well worth a visit, since it's in the vicinity of several other galleries and cultural spaces in Braamfontiein. Only pity is that the cafe doesn't seem to be very well stocked or patronised over the weekend.

Visited December 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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22 reviews
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“Best gallery in Jozi”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

Set in amazing building, this gallery contains a vast selection of art, focusing mainly on African works. An uplifting experience.

Visited February 2014
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Lesley C, Public Relations Manager at Wits Art Museum, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
Hi Cicely
So please you enjoyed your visit to WAM and thanks so much for the review. Warm regards
The WAM team
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“A world-class museum with some of the best African art in the world”
Reviewed 12 February 2014

I'm a museum 'fundi' (South African word for a bit of an expert) and have been to 100s of major museums worldwide. I was blown away this morning by WAM - Wits Art Museum in the heart of downtown Johannesburg. Great architecture with wonderful display spaces, fascinating changing exhibitions, and a museum that invites the city and visitors in. The open-top bus stops here and it's also a quick bus ride from the Gautrain. Go see for yourself.

Visited February 2014
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“Nothing to see.. waste if time”
Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

I made the time to visit this museum only to be seriously dissatisfied. . The art was a mere display of a few photographs and maps.. not even worth it..

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Thank Chavon S
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Lesley C, Public Relations Manager at Wits Art Museum, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
Thank-you for taking the time to visit the Wits Arts Museum. We are very aware that art is subjective and the work on display may not have been to your taste. We have a very active programme of changing exhibitions so we're hoping that one in the future will interest and inspire you.
Would you consider coming to some of our TALKABOUTS with the artists and curators which may change your perceptions?
Sincerely,
The WAM Team
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Johannesburg's art gem”
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!

Visited February 2013
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