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South African National Museum of Military History

20 Erlswold Way | Saxonwold, Johannesburg 2132, South Africa
+27 11 646 5513
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Old and sad

A sad poorly maintained and poorly organised collection could be so much more. The curating of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Johannesburg, South Africa
Fantastic Collection of Armor and Artillery

The museum has a large collection of tanks and guns, as well as some aircraft and naval exhibits... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kirk W
Carrollton, Texas, United States
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This large museum contains mostly military-related records, journals, weapons and photographs that depict the nation’s participation in large-scale conflicts.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good39%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“on display” (23 reviews)
“jet fighter” (6 reviews)
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20 Erlswold Way | Saxonwold, Johannesburg 2132, South Africa
+27 11 646 5513
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A sad poorly maintained and poorly organised collection could be so much more. The curating of the displays needs help in order for there to be continuity. Looks like it hasn't been updated or maintained since the nineties.

Thank caljc
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has a large collection of tanks and guns, as well as some aircraft and naval exhibits. The items are beautifully restored, and I saw many unique weapons, including the only surviving Me-262 night fighter. If you're a 20th Century military buff, this is...More

Thank Kirk W
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was not sure what to expect from the Museum, having driven many a time past it. What a surprise. Well kept, with an array of armoured vehicles, guns and personnel-related items on display. Some aircraft (some unique ones), and the odd naval gun (suppose...More

Thank Louis S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the moment I walked in I was just in awe, I had not imagined the depth of the museum and physical artifacts on display such as nazi planes from world war, swords, guns, and tanks from various eras and lands. A really fascinating place...More

Thank Rowena A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent museum with many unique and one of a kind objects due to the rich history of Southern Africa. They have a large collection of vehicles and aircraft both indoors and outdoors. Many are South African but others were capture or acquired...More

Thank anonomuse
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The only complete "in flying condition" Messerschmitt Me262 Jet turbine fighter in the world. Plus many other unique displays.

Thank cybersniper
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very nice museum. It is not huge but exposition is very good organized. There is few unique pieces. For me it were ME262, German one man submarine and Blackburn Buccaneer. All military fans must visit.

Thank Matej M
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

This is one of the most elaborate museum with world war 1 and 2 marvels. A must visit for families and kids. The display is extremely creative, the structure immaculate and with the best management.

Thank BobbyVanita
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Unexpected find in the middle of Johanesburg - I was impressed with both the range exposition and authentic pieces of WW2 era. I've been to a number of WW2 around the world but it was the only place that had an impressive collection of Germany's...More

Thank Alex R
Reviewed 5 May 2017

A small very well kept museum in a beautiful open garden setting. It contains a selection of old photographs, war medals, photographs, field guns, tanks, howitzers and planes. Snacks and coffee can be purchased at the small coffee shop. There wasn't time to visit the...More

Thank batier2016
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Can u picnic there
5 April 2017|
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Response from Mike S | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. There is a small coffee shop that can do toasted sarmies and ice creams there. Also a collectibles shop if you are looking for that special momento.