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Johannesburg Mining Museum

Take A Walk Through History

Museum Houses & Crush Museum

As you can imagine, life in the early 1900’s was very different from today, a fact brought home in fascinating detail at Gold Reef City. No television, no electricity, no flushing toilets, no fridges.

Relive the gold mining history of Johannesburg as you step into The Oosthuizen House museum, the meticulously restored abode of Emily Oosthuizen, her husband and children. The family relocated from Europe, travelling by ocean liner, to South Africa at the height of the gold rush era. It will tell you how they lived, did their home schooling, took their music lessons and conducted their daily lives.

Visit the Olthaver House, the original Mine Manager’s residence, including an authentic bioscope, dedicated to showing what life was like during the growing years of this amazing period in South Africa’s history.

Train Museum & Bullion Coach

A unique piece of history awaits you at our Train Museum in Johannesburg. Explore one of the world’s last remaining bullion coaches still in existence. This heavily fortified coach was used to carry gold bullion between Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town between 1911 and 1967, when it was retired. The Bullion coach was built complete with self-contained sleeping quarters, kitchen and bathroom facilities. Today, this unique reminder of times gone by has been restored to mint condition and is definitely worth a visit.