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South African National Museum of Military History

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Address: 20 Erlswold Way | Saxonwold, Johannesburg 2132, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 11 646 5513
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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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Historical afternoon

We decided to take out little girl for a little history trip and ended up at the SA National Military Museum. Wow and were we pleasantly surprised!! It is has an extensive... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 March 2016
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

We decided to take out little girl for a little history trip and ended up at the SA National Military Museum. Wow and were we pleasantly surprised!! It is has an extensive military display, impeccably well maintained and very informative. I wouldn't hesitate in sending anyone to spend a few hours there. Very interesting afternoon. Loved it!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our outing to the millitary museum. It is pretty cool looking at actual planes used by the Allies and Nazis. There is a pretty big selection of different items from 1900 to 1990. Only critism, some exhibits could be labeled better, we often wanted to know what we are looking at but couldn't get much info (eg.... More 

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South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

This hidden gem is an extraordinary collection of military memorabilia, with an amazing collection of exhibits. If you have even the faintest interest in anything martial, a visit to the Johannesburg War Museum is something not to be missed. From Focke Wulfs and Spitfires to Mosquito fighter bombers and mini submarines, from tanks of all description to howitzer guns capable... More 

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Fairport, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

The South African National Museum of Military History is adjacent to the Johannesburg Zoo (note: no passage between the two). Its mission is to preserve the history of South Africa's involvement in the Second World War. It is open seven days a week, 8am to 4pm (small admission fee). On display are a variety of guns, armored fighting vehicles, aircraft... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Nothing is more interesting than to see up close the relics of war waxed and polished for everyone to see. A tribute to the realization and difficulties of wartime, the Military Museum showcases various planes, tanks, vehicles, artillery and relics used in various wars mostly throughout the 20th century. Not wanting to glorify conflict, but instead shows the public what... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

I spent several hours recently visiting this 1st class museum with an overseas visitor. The fighter planes, tanks, armoured cars and military hardware were redolent of a bygone era. From an historical perspective, this place is a goldmine. Fancy seeing the soles of the shoes worn by Lt Coghill who, with Lt. Melville, lost his life near the Buffalo River... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

After a very disappointing visit to the SAAF museum at Zwartkops Airforce Base on the 29th of Jan, we were looking forward to our visit to the SANMMH on the 30th. We were not disappointed. The museum is immaculate inside and out from the buildings to the gardens, the displays are in excellent condition and beautifully presented. Their brochure map... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

Awesome day outing - didn't realise that there was so much to see and do. It's very well kept and for those that love history - you could spend hours in there.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

A really well presented museum with amazing exhibits, often over looked but really worth a visit. You can pop in for a few hours but to really do it justice a full day or a few shorter visits are better.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

We came here in Nov to view the place after a long time my father is a great admirer of these old military equipment,so we thought we would take a trip down memory lane ,it has changed quite a bit lots of the stuff is now under cover and in closed glass doors i must admit i preferred the old... More 

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