Top 10 Free things to do in Joburg (I)

Visit the Goodman Gallery

If you are a fan of contemporary art, or just art in general, then take a drive out to the Goodman Gallery in Parkwood. Housing artworks from artists such as David Goldblatt and William Kentridge, you can spend the day viewing some exquisite artwork, and maybe even learn a thing or two about art.

Details: Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday – 09:30 to 17:30; Saturday – 09:30 to 16:00 | 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 788 1113

Visit the Circa on Jellicoe

With exhibitions such as Anthea Pokroy’s “I collect Gingers” (17 January to 2 March 2013) and the upcoming “Beautiful Boats” exhibition (9 February to 30 March), view and enjoy some South African contemporary art and marvel in the exquisite architecture of the Circa on Jellicoe, which represents a celebration of art within our beloved city.

Details: Opening times: Monday to Friday – 09:00 to 18:00; Saturday – 09:00 to 13:00 | 2 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 788 4805

the Circa on Jellicoe Johannesburg

Hop on down to the Bunny Park

Enjoy a day out in the sunshine with family and friends at the Bunny Park in Benoni. Bring along some veggies, or buy some at the kiosk available, and hand -feed the tame bunnies and other animals like goats, cows and donkeys. And to make the day even more relaxing, pack in a lovely picnic filled with snacks and enjoy the great outdoors while the little ones track down bunnies, see peacocks show off their flamboyant feathers or (when available) go on camel rides.

Details: Opening times: Daily from 07:00 to 17:00 | Pretoria Road, Benoni, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 422 3651

Nan Hua Buddhist Temple

Take a drive to the scenic temple of Nan Hua Buddhist Temple (the South African branch for the Humanistic Buddhist Order) to marvel at the divine architecture. Take the time to walk through the museum and view their large collection of Chinese artifacts. Visit the white Temple Lions (not real ones, obviously) that protect the temple, or admire a set of impressive antique Han Dynasty (dates back 2000 years ago) Chinese Palace gongs which are the exact replica of the originals.

Details: Opening times: 09:00 to 17:00 daily except Monday | 27 Nan Hua Road, Cultura Park, Bronkhorstspruit, Johannesburg | Tel: (013) 931 0009

Adler Museum of Medicine

If, like me, you are a fan of anything medical then take some time to browse through the history of medicine and developments in the medical world. Visit the Adler Museum of Medicine where you can see interesting collections representing the medical, dental, and pharmaceutical history through the ages. With hundreds of historical medical items, documents, philatelic and medallion collections and a library housing rare books, you can enjoy a day of browsing and learning. Regular public lectures, tours, film shows and exhibitions are on show at the Museum.

Details: Opening times: Monday to Friday – 09:30 to 16:00; Saturdays on request | Wits Medical School, Corner York and Carse O’ Gowrie Roads, Parktown, Johannesburg| Tel: (011) 717 2081

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