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South African National Museum of Military History

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Address: 20 Erlswold Way | Saxonwold, Johannesburg 2132, South Africa
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+27 11 646 5513
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09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
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This large museum contains mostly military-related records, journals,...

This large museum contains mostly military-related records, journals, weapons and photographs that depict the nation’s participation in large-scale conflicts.

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Took my Grandson to visit the Museum and was an absolute first class experience for both of us. The facility is immaculately maintained and whilst there is general historical... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Geoff W
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72 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my Grandson to visit the Museum and was an absolute first class experience for both of us. The facility is immaculately maintained and whilst there is general historical military interest it proved to be a fun outing for an exuberant two year old. My only suggestion in the absence of any cafe or coffee shop is to install vending... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in SA military history this is still well worth the visit, Still good displays

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Thank andreas n
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This adjoins the JHB Zoo and a facility maintained by very dedicated people preserving the history of those that committed to serving their country from whatever side. Well laid out and follows time with a fantastic dedication the Boer War, Jan Smuts, 61 Mech, 32 Battalion and all the wars fought in by SA. The G5 and G6 are impressive... More 

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Thank Warwick1066
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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203 reviews
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

The museum is kept in absolute pristine condition. There are many displays which are unique in the world, having the only example of a twin seat ME 262 in the world as well as many others. The displays are changed regularly and therefore repeat visits are only a pleasure. Among the current displays are a ME 109, FW 90, Mosquito,... More 

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Thank hendrix2015
Johannesburg, South Africa
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

My grandfather first took me to the "War Museum" when I was about 10-12 years old. That was back in 1952, bless his soul. It has fascinated me ever since, and despite a gap of some fifty years I was delighted to find that it had not lost any of its magic and fascination. In fact it has grown to... More 

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Thank Rex W
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

I visited the Military Museum as part of the Red Top Bus tour of the city. I particularly enjoy military history and I was hoping to learn a little more about the military history on the African continent. While I learned some new things and gained new perspectives, I was hoping for some more information on the Boer Wars. However,... More 

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Thank Andrew B
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

This museum had quiet a collection of weapons and artifacts. I did not enjoy the setup, I found it to be rather uninformative. My first impression was that they plonked all this old memorabilia amongst 3-4 rooms and inserted a plaque with about 900 words in some cases. There was some thought into the display of the planes which was... More 

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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

If you have any interest in military history and like the odd quirky exhibit this is the place for you. They have a varied collection well set out and accessible both physically and in terms of information.

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Thank Kay L
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

neat and tidy. Very detailed exhibitions and good information. Great museum and the monument is very beautiful.

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Thank 812armandb
London, UK
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

We visited here because the weather was awful and it was a close option to the hotel. Pleasant enough time to spend a couple of hours. Lots to see and very informative. Good for young children

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