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Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

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Address: Corner of Miriam Makeba & President Street | Newtown, Johannesburg 2107, South Africa
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09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 16:30

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Great outing for kids of various ages

We took my nieces and nephews (ranging in age from 3 to 12 years) for a day out and spend a couple of hours at Sci Bono where they had a great time. When we were just about to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took my nieces and nephews (ranging in age from 3 to 12 years) for a day out and spend a couple of hours at Sci Bono where they had a great time. When we were just about to leave a science show was announced and we were entertained by a great 'scientist' who used practical experiments to help the... More 

Thank WendyN1604
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of our favourite indoor things to do with the kids. We have visited three times and the kids never get tired of it. Their favourite thing to do is "work on the construction" site on the entrance level. Best to leave this till last and start from the top and work your way downwards (or you may... More 

1 Thank ColmanFam
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58 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We wife and I had heard that the Discovery centre was a great way to pass time with our children. Arriving at the discovery centre, you felt as if you were arriving at antiquated and neglected facility. Upon entry, we realized that our first impressions were correct. Wild mildly interesting, the facility was truly outdated, and the staff seemed very... More 

Thank Khalil H
Sci-Bono, Manager at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, responded to this review

Dear Khalil. We apologize for the expereince. I am not aware that we had problems without water. Can you please indicate the date of your visit. Regards More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We visited the Sci-Bono Centre last year sometime. It was very interesting and full of information about the human body. All lifesize exhibits. You need about 2 hours to look around at all the exhibits.

Thank Diane A
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
84 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We brought the kids to the Sci-Bono and we all enjoyed all the exhibitions. The kids especially enjoyed trying out various science experiences. The planetarium was a hit for the 10 year olds as the entire session (approximately 30 minutes) is relevant to their school curriculum. We couldn't see everything despite being there for over 3 hours. There's so much... More 

Thank Phakama M
Port Eliabeth
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

I took my 3 and 5year olds and my 64 year old mom and dad to sci bono. What a well kept on place. Really reasonable with quality equipment, displays and helpful knowledgeable staff. Worth a visit. We all enjoyed it , certainly not just for kids!

1 Thank candyandbrian
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Great concept, well designed. The kids loved the interactive exhibition. Adults too. Its kept clean as well. The staff are not the greatest though, they're not exactly falling over themselves to help or explain anything. A short introduction or guide map at the entrance will add much value.

Thank MartinP1974
London, UK
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41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

The bad weather meant we found ourselves in Sci-Bono. It was great for the children with so much to see and be interactive with. They loved learning and playing at the same time. Staff could have done more, mostly sat around and felt like it was a big ask to help show us how the various exhibits worked

1 Thank BenjyLondon_UK
Level Contributor
18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

We had a great morning out at Sci Bono, not the most helpful staff but easy enough to get around the museum and lots of activities for all ages.

1 Thank Trish N
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

The most valuable information all relevant for every age group. I enjoyed this experience so much ! So many chances to interact

Thank dinas23

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