South African Hip Hop Museum

The South African Hip Hop Museum is a project started by Osmic Menoe, one of Joburg's foremost cultural entrepreneurs. Menoe started the annual Back to the City festival – a hip hop focused cultural event in Newtown – as well as founded the Hip Hop Awards.

From the start Osmic Menoe has been motivated by the need to document  South Africa's contemporary cultural movements, and this museum is set to be a first of a kind in Africa.  Covid-19 forced and other unexpected circumstances put a spoke in the wheel of his plans but the museum is now open and has expanded its programme.

Located in Museum Africa in Newtown, the South African Hip Hop Museum has artefacts and items that tell the stories of South African hip hop. What makes a visit worthwhile is the use of technology to achieve this with interactive screens spread throughout. To appreciate Hip Hop, you need to hear and see it. 

In addition to the permanent exhibit the museum also hosts regular workshops and talks aimed at developing South African music artists' careers. Linked to the annual Hennessey Back to the City Festival and a world-class recording studio, the museum does not statically look at the past but rather seeks to use it to shape and drive the future of hip hop in South Africa.

South Africa's hip hop scene is often overlooked internationally and the South African Hip Hop Museum relocates its importance not only within South Africa but globally too. Delve into the history for yourself with a visit. Admission is free so there's no excuse.


The South African Hip Hop Museum is a short drive from the Park Station Gautrain station. See our guide to the Gautrain here and download the Gautrain app for real-time updates on when the next Gautrain and Gautrain midi-bus is due. Visit for more information on the timetable and fares. #YourGautrainJourneyStartsHere

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Open 9:00–17:00. Closed on Mon.

Price/Additional Info

Free admission.


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