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Workers' Museum

Johannesburg, Gauteng

The Workers’ Museum tells the story of migrants who came to Johannesburg from throughout the southern African region. Having left their homes and families, black migrant workers faced slave-like conditions shown by the original dormitories, concrete bunks, and punishment room at the old compound building.

The museum reveals the hardships of workers under the migrant labour system, from the early 1900s through to the 1970s, when the system of job reservation began to break down. More positively, it shows the vibrancy and creative resilience of migrant workers’ culture. Centrally located, the municipal compound, together with the nearby cottages for white workers, was declared a national monument in 1996.

Contact Details:

011 492 0600/1865


52 Jeppe Street, Newtown Cultural Precinct