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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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Fantastic fun!

The museum is extremely well kept and offers a wide range of memorabilia from various wars. The displays are arranged thoughtfully with interesting facts. The big aeroplanes and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 April 2016
Carin D
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Johannesburg, RSA
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Johannesburg, RSA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

The museum is extremely well kept and offers a wide range of memorabilia from various wars. The displays are arranged thoughtfully with interesting facts. The big aeroplanes and tanks are amazing for both young and old.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

We hold monthly meetings at the museum and it is nice to take a stroll through the exhibitions afterwards. It has a little coffeeshop that does the basics. A nice place to walk through.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

Not just SA, but world history in an extremely neat and clean museum. Informative and interesting. We were pleasantly surprised and had a great family outing.

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Sandton, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

The museum was open almost 70 years ago and forms one of the finest collection of military weapons, armaments, clothing, medals, edged weapons and detailed information relating to the history and involvement of South Africans in all the conflicts in recent history.

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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

Pleasantly surprised by the clean and well laid out museum. Not much of a museum fan, but enjoyed looking at old aircraft and other military equipment. Some of the video material did not work and that was a pity. Found no history of fights between Zulus, Xhosas and other indigenous tribes to be lacking. Would have loved to see Dingaan... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

This is a fantastic museum but I can't help thinking they have so many exhibits that they have forgotten to tell stories in a chronological order. You wonder in and the first hall you enter has the only remaining version of the first jet fighter ever built, by the Germans at the end of World War 2. Entering the second... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

a great way to spend an afternoon, the aviation section is brilliant, from the ME 262 to the Spitfire, and the magnificent Mosquito, and outside the Buccaneer and the Impala.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Good for the whole family as lots of history. Food - not a lot of variety of snacks. Tables outside not cleared away. Lots of things for the kids to climb over.

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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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