For those looking for a little history and culture and don’t want to pay anything, might I suggest the MuseuMAfricA in Johannesburg. Located in the Newtown section just over the Nelson Mandela Bridge from Braamfontein, the museum is housed in a converted fruits and vegetable market from 1913.
Since it is free, there’s no need to criticize, BUT … it could use a little focus. It’s billed as a history museum, but the ground floor is a little random. To the left, you have a more science-focused exhibit dealing with rock formations in Africa. To the right, you’ll see a recreation of a historic bar.
There are three levels of exhibits that include art work, African artifacts and rather extensive collection of antique cameras. As owners of a few vintage cameras, I had to take photos of photography equipment.
The main reason to go to museum is the room filled with giant historical photographs of protests during the apartheid era. It’s one thing to see a 8×10 photograph where you need to lean in, but when you have to lean back of a billboard-sized blow-up photograph, then it came be memorable.