About Jeroen M
Lives in Berlin, Germany
Since Sep. 2007
35-49 year old male
Travel editor and writer based in Berlin; I've visited 64 countries, and have lived for several years each in Berlin - Germany, Bucharest and Brasov - Romania, Warsaw - Poland, Prague - Czech Republic, Johannesburg - South Africa and Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia. Currently working on guides and travel articles for Rough Guides, InYourPocket.com, Easyjet, Airbnb & TripAdvisor.
Science Museums, Art Museums, Speciality Museums, History Museums
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Caverns & Caves
Speciality Museums, Beer Tastings & Tours
Most visitors pass through here at some point during their stay in Johannesburg, and rightly so, as the Apartheid Museum gives an excellent overview of how South Africa became such a hellish place for its majority of black inhabitants, and how the system was finally brought down.
Origins Centre is a fascinating museum dedicated to early evidence of human evolution in Southern Africa (including the world's oldest art), plus is home to a wonderful exhibition about South Africa's amazing rock art.
The real - and rather scary - prison complex that held thousands of criminals and freedom fighters (including Ghandi and Mandela) is now an impressive museum, and has been partly converted into the country's constitutional courthouse. Informative tours take you past all the highlights and into the courtroom.
Wits University museum showcases its huge collection of Africa art in ever-changing exhibitions. There's also plenty of interesting modern art and photography on display here.
Sterkfontein Cave is the place where scientists found some of the oldest humanoid remains on the planet, and you can read all about it in the Sterkfontein Visitor Center and at the mound-like Maropeng Museum nearby. While the originals are too rare and valuable to display here, you can see replicas, and the cave tour is excellent.
Those who would like to know more about the struggle against apartheid can visit this former farm, which functioned as the secret headquarters for the ANC until the police raided it, leading to the famous Rivonia trials. It's now a large and excellent museum, with modern displays.
SAB's exhibition dedicated to beer may be corporate, but there's a great tour of various scenes relating to how beer is made, and you get to drink a few sips of traditional African along the way.
It's worth looking up specific exhibitions at this old museum in central Johannesburg, as they're often dedicated to local artists of varying interest. The museum is free however, and it's a great place to rub-shoulders with young locals who are browsing the artworks.
The private collection of this major bank are on display here in their own gallery. The exhibitions are always well done, with surprising modern artworks from across Africa.
A must-see museum in Soweto, this large exhibition shows the background and events of the Soweto student uprising of 1976; the young Hector Pieterson was one of many children killed during that time.
The house where Ghandi spent a few of his Johannesburg years is now an excellent little museum dedicated to his life and development in South Africa.