If you're serious about astronomy, consider visiting the Planetarium. Check the website for exact times of shows; there's usually one on Saturday morning at 10.30am.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Johannesburg attractions

1. Origins Centre

0.14 MILES

This stunning museum explores the African origins of humankind through interactive exhibits. The centre is brilliant for school-age children and holds the…

2. Wits Art Museum

0.17 MILES

Completed in May 2012, this is one of the leading museums of African art on the continent. Although it has an extraordinary collection of 10,000 works –…

3. Stevenson

0.27 MILES

One the more established commercial galleries in Braamfontein is worth a look. It has two display spaces that it puts to good use with regularly changing…

4. Nelson Mandela Bridge

0.39 MILES

Opened two days after Mandela’s 85th birthday in 2003, this cable-stayed bridge is the longest of its kind in Southern Africa and an icon of the…

5. Newtown Pillars

0.61 MILES

The massive concrete pillars holding up the M1 Highway in Newtown have become an outdoor art gallery, featuring ever-changing graffiti murals by some of…

6. Museum Africa

0.66 MILES

This museum, housed in the old Bree St fruit market, offers a wide range of exhibitions on historical themes, including the Treason Trials of 1956–61, the…

7. Mary Fitzgerald Square

0.71 MILES

Named after South Africa’s first female trade unionist, this square is partly decorated with an array of heads, carved from old railway sleepers by…

8. Workers’ Museum

0.75 MILES

This important museum is in the restored Electricity Department’s compound, which was built in 1910 for 300-plus municipal workers and has been declared a…