The old Workers' Compound in Newtown offers a glimpse into the harsh lives of migrant labourers who flocked to the city of gold in search of jobs from the turn of the 20th century.
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The entrance to the compound – now the Workers’ Museum



In memory

In memory
The Workers’ Museum reflects the conditions migrant workers lived under from the early 20th century to the 1980s.


 View some of the images of the Workers’ Museum and exhibitions on display. More



Khanya College, along with a number of other institutions, researches and publishes phamphlets, posters, books and other media on the history and impact of migrant labour. They also host seminars at the Workers’ Museum to present their research.


Copies of publications are available for sale at the Workers' Museum Visitors’ Centre and at Khanya College. To order, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


There is also a Workers' Library Resource Centre based at Khanya College, 123 Pritchard Street, Johannesburg.



Public Programmes

Schools are welcome to visit the Workers’ Museum. Contact the museum to set up a tour so that our educational officers can plan the visit with you. We would like to ensure your learners have an enriching and special educational experience. We recommend a visit to the Workers’ Museum for high school grades. If you would like to visit the Workers’ Museum as a group or special interest group it is advisable to contact us beforehand. Our educational officers will then plan the visit with you in order to ensure your special needs and interests can be met.








Contact us

P.O Box 517 Newtown
52 Jeppe Street
Tel: 011 492 0600/1865
Fax: 011 492 0618
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Join the Friends of the Workers' Museum

Write to: The Friends of the Workers Museum, c/o Khanya College, PO Box 5977, Johannesburg, 2000 or contact:
Belinda Hlaka 083 417 0555

Plan your visit

Where to find us:

The Workers' Museum
52 Jeppe Street


Opening hours:

The Workers' Museum is open to school learners, students, and the public from 9 am to 5 pm every day, except Mondays, Good Friday and 25 December.






Parking is available next to the museum.



The Workers' Library Resource Centre is at Khanya College, 123 Pritchard Street.
It is open from Mondays to Fridays, from 9am to 4pm.
For more information:

Belinda Hlaka 083 417 0555
Sylvester Maboya 011 373 7506