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“A rich collection of military history exhibits”

South African National Museum of Military History
Ranked #10 of 180 things to do in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This large museum contains mostly military-related records, journals, weapons and photographs that depict the nation’s participation in large-scale conflicts.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the best kept museums in Gauteng and is well worth a visit, particularly if you have even a glancing interest in the wars involving South African forces. The museum complex adjoins the Johannesburg Zoo in Saxonwold, and looks out onto the magnificent Edwin Luytens neo-classical moment to the dead of the 2nd Anglo-Boer War. The museum is also a great place to bring children (not too young) because the museum has a couple of exhibits, including tanks and planes, where kids are actively encouraged to climb into the vehicles after they've oogled the other exhibits. The wars that are covered with exhibits range from the Anglo-Boer conflicts of the late 19th Century, through the two world wars, to the "Border War" of 1966-1989. The displays are based on the museum's extensive collection of military hardware but are supplemented with dioramas, and information displays.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have taken a number of guests to this museum . It is very well situated and well maintained . It has a comprehensive set of exhibits that well represent the aspects of the countries military history - worth a visit

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not a military man. My brother, my nephews and my son love it. Still, by the end I was really taken by the range of machines on display and the interesting supporting descriptions.

Thank robr590
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum has a fascinating collection of vehicles, planes and weaponry. Unfortunately it's not very well laid out and while I'd recommend the visit it could be so much better with a bit of organisation.

Thank mneylon
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

This museum is a hidden treasure near the Johannesburg Zoo. I was not sure what to expect because of South Africa's troubled past with Apartheid. However, as a history buff, I was very happy to see the fighter planes from WW2. There are many interesting pieces of information about South Africa's role in North Africa, Polish orphans to were sent here to avoid the war, and the Korean War. I was really surprised by the broad sope of South Africa's involvement in wars outside Africa. There was a good section on the African soldiers that's worth expanding. A whole section was dedicated to General Jan Smuts, and his dectorated career. His role as Field Martial in Winston Churchil's War Cabinet was beautifully illustrated in the new movie starring Brian Cox and Richard Durden. Overall this is highly recommended for history buffs and people curious about the extent of our country's international role in the 20th century.

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