Free Things To Do In Joburg


The best things in life are free … but it’s always a mission to find something to do in the city that doesn’t cost you a cent. Well, look no further! We went on the search for some free activities for you, your family and friends to do in Joburg that won’t break the bank. From leisurely strolls in the park to viewing beautiful South African art, here are our Top 10 Free Things to do in Joburg.


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.

For more information, visit their website.

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

Visit CIRCA On Jellicoe

CIRCA is a stunning gallery … in fact, it’s a work of art itself. Check it out to see stunning exhibitions. CIRCA aims to showcase highly important contemporary artworks. CIRCA’s curators also arrange installations concerned with technology. Musical events and lectures also take place at this gallery so be sure to keep an eye out to stay in the loop!

For more information, visit their website.

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

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 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 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 artefacts. 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.

For more information, visit their website.

Details: Opening times: Monday: Closed. Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00 | 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.

For more information, visit their website.

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

James Hall Museum Of Transport

Being the largest and most comprehensive museum of land transport in South Africa, visit the James Hall Museum of Transport and view transport collections which include animal-drawn vehicles (1870-1910), bicycles and motorcycles (1786 – 1960), buses and coaches, motor cars (1900 – 1980) and trams and trolley buses (1896 – 1986). There is also interesting memorabilia, artefacts and special interest and extremely rare steam vehicle collections to view. Definitely the place for car or transport enthusiasts!

For more information, visit their website.

Details: Opening times: Tuesday to Friday: 09:00 – 17:00; closed every third weekend of the month | Pioneer’s Park, Rosettenville Road, La Rochelle | Tel: (011) 435 9718 or (011) 435 9485/6/7

Browse Around The Rosebank Sunday Market

Browse through all kinds of stalls and find anything and everything from crafts, antiquities, collectibles, clothing and stock for hobby enthusiasts. It’s free to browse but, if you wish, you can do a little bit of shopping. And if you get a bit peckish in-between shopping, there is a selection of foods available … be sure to try the delicious dim sum!

For more information, visit their website.

Details: Opening times: Sundays: 09:00 – 16:00 | Corner of Cradock Avenue and Baker Street, Rosebank, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 442 3387

Absa Money Museum

Take a trip down to the only money and banking museum to see the most complete collection of South African numismatic items in the world. The museum’s history stretches as far back as to the beginnings of trading in Johannesburg and shows many displays of ‘early money’, from Cowrie Shells to Venetian glass beads. Remember to bring along your ID for entry into the building!

For more information, visit their website.

Details: Opening times: Monday to Friday – 08:30 to 16:00 | 15 Troye Street, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 350 4167

Take A Walk Through A Park

With large, open gardens and the popular dam, enjoy a day at the park with family, friends, and your four-legged companions at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens at Emmarentia Dam. Pack yourself a picnic basket filled with delicious delights, a blanket and enjoy the fresh air while ‘people-watching’. This is the perfect spot to have a relaxing day out in the sun, give your four-legged friend some exercise and fun, and spend some quality time with family.

For more information, visit their website.

Details: Olifants Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 782 7064

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