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Heritage happenings over Easter 2017

The 2017 Easter long weekend is just around the corner so we thought we’d compile a list of exhibitions, shows and happenings running over this time and beyond. Why not take the whole family along (where suitable) – it’s the perfect time to explore some of the fantastic cultural places our country has to offer.

SAB World of Beer: Annual Easter Weekend Beer Tour

Situated in the heart of the Newton Cultural Precinct in Johannesburg, the SAB World of Beer is the home of beer culture in South Africa. The annual Easter weekend beer tour takes place each year and is an adaptation of the daily beer tours. A beer hunt will also be included in the tour – visitors will need to keep an eye out for SAB brands planted along the route and those with the correct answers at the end will win a beer glass to take home with them.

Date: Friday, 14 April – Monday, 17 April 2017

Tour Times:

Friday and Saturday: 10h00 – 18h00

Sunday and Monday: 10h00 – 16h00

Venue: SAB World of Beer, Newtown, Johannesburg

Cost: R115 per person - includes two beers, a commemorative glass and a guided tour.

For a beer tasting package included after the tour, the cost is R180.00 per person, includes a tour, tasting of six different brands, two beers in the Taproom and a commemorative glass.

Contact SAB World of Beer on (011) 836 4900. No under 18s allowed (so skip taking the family to this one!)

Huguenot Memorial Museum: Save Our Souls Exhibition

With the inspiration behind this exhibition being the current refugee crisis facing the world, Achilleas Souras was driven to create low-cost temporary shelters for refugees using a common by-product of the crisis: life jackets. The exhibition is a heart-wrenching yet interesting one that will leave you with lots to think about. Once you’re finished, you can always explore gorgeous Franschhoek and maybe even stay the night?

Contact the museum for further information on: 021 876 2532

Watch a video about the exhibition here:

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden: Consol Solar Jar Easter Night Hunt

Get ready for an evening of fun with the whole family to be held in the beautiful botanical gardens. This won’t be your ordinary Easter egg hunt, but rather one with a twist as the race is on with only the light from solar consol jars providing the guiding light. The idea is to bring your picnic basket and blanket along, and enjoy the festivities of the evening. Plenty of prizes will be up for grabs so come energised and ready for a good time.

Contact the garden for more information: 086 100 1278

National Museum, Bloemfontein: History of the Mangaung Fire Brigade

Little people aspiring to be firemen, in particular, will enjoy this exhibition currently on at the National Museum. Celebrating 117 of heroic service, it takes an in-depth look at the history of the brigade through gear, tools and equipment. The exhibition will run until the end of May but Easter is the perfect time to go and check it out.

Forthcoming: In celebration of Africa Month (May), an exhibition of African artefacts (from the museum anthropology collection) belonging to cultures/countries that have representative communities in Bloemfontein, will follow. Africa day and the centenary of the birth of Oliver Tambo will be celebrated concurrently in the last week of May with a smaller display focussing on the African Union.

Contact the museum for more information: 051 447 9609

Oliewenhuis Art Museum: Karoo Disclosure

A satellite of the National Museum, Bloemfontein, Oliewenhuis is housed in a neo-Dutch style mansion which served as residence for the Governor General of the Union of South Africa. In 1985, the building was converted into the art museum it is today, housing a permanent collection of outstanding South African art that includes a unique outdoor sculpture park, a working African carousel, and five functional cement and mosaic sculptures situated in the gardens. Temporary exhibitions of work by South African artists are regularly exhibited in the galleries and unique underground Reservoir gallery. A collaborative art project titled Karoo Disclosure will be on show on the ground floor of the main building from 8 April to 14 May 2017. Set in the semi-desert Karoo region of South Africa, the exhibition looks at the effects of shale gas exploration (fracking) on land, people and the environment through the use of performance, photography, costume, sound and video – one not to be missed! Pop to The Terrace @ Oliewenhuis Restaurant for a bite to eat after.

For more information, contact the museum on 051 011 0525.

Opening hours over Easter: 9:00am to 16:00pm.


The Aviation Museum of South Africa will be open over the Easter weekend (Gauteng).

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