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Workers Museum

Workers Museum

Workers Museum

Workers Museum (52 Jeppe Street, Johannesburg) — this old Johannesburg facility has been renovated and a section of it has been converted into a Workers’ Museum, which explores the history of migrant laborers. The Workers’ Museum tells a visual tale of the thousands of migrant workers from throughout Southern Africa who moved to the city of gold. They were faced with slave-like conditions, depicted in the museum’s permanent exhibition, which includes the original dormitories, concrete bunks and punishment room. Walls in the first room in the exhibition are lined with photographs of former residents, giving a brief history of their lives. Video clips are shown throughout the room, of the recollections and experiences of these people about their time at the compound. Items on display include brooms, blankets, bottles and passes – that hated symbol of apartheid oppression that had to be carried by each worker. Admission: free. Hours: 9 am – 5 pm (Tuesday – Sunday).