Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

An educational wonderland for all ages.


  • A colourful and interactive way to enjoy science
  • Over 400 exhibits to experience
  • LEGO pits, a mini construction site and a live science show


Sci-Bono is the largest science centre in Southern Africa. Located in the old Electric Workshop in vibrant Newtown, its aim is to support mathematics, science and technology education among visitors young and old. With over 400 exhibits, visitors are encouraged to get involved through touch, feel and play.


Previously known as the Electric Workshop, the centre was originally built in 1906 to house the turbines for Johannesburg’s tram system. 100 years later, the old building was transformed into the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre. This transformation was initiated by the Gauteng Department of Education and private stakeholders to support maths, science and technology education. The Sci-Bono is now one of the most popular leisure and educational destinations in Gauteng and annually receives hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Contact Details

Day Open Close
Monday 09:00 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 17:00
Thursday 09:00 17:00
Friday 09:00 17:00
Saturday 09:00 16:30
Sunday 09:00 16:30

Closed: 25 December, 1 January, Good Friday

Phone: +27 (0)11 639 8400

Directions to Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Advice for visitors
Come play and experiment at the centre for between two and three hours. The exhibits are all interactive and it’s highly encouraged that you get involved by pushing a button or two to see what they’re all about. Be sure to explore the centre’s annual Wonders of Rock Art Exhibition that allows you to have a peek into life from 17,000 years ago. It’s well worth a trip back!

Did you know

The name Sci-Bono comes from an abbreviation of ‘Science’ and ‘Bono’, which is the TshiVenda word for ‘vision’.

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