- 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.
Closed: 25 December, 1 January, Good Friday
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’.