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South African National Museum of Military History

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“world war”(13 reviews)
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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20 Erlswold Way | Saxonwold, Johannesburg 2132, South Africa
+27 11 646 5513
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 1 March 2015

This is truly one of the best places one can visit if one has an interest in WWII machines, particularly German technology. It is amazing that in this corner of the world they actually managed to get hold of a Messerschmitt Me 262 (the only...More

5  Thank Beekay-on-holiday
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 3 June 2016

This place is not very great. It has a lot of military equipment .. very old, old and some new.......

1  Thank prasadm22
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love military stuff so had to come here to see what they have. It was worth the visit. Best way to get here is by the Hop On Hop Off Big Red Bus.

Thank DMStraveler7865
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great few hours of South African Military History. A comprehensive collection of military artifacts from over 100 years ago up until present day. Take your time and enjoy the history.

Thank ScottClanZA
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Interesting day out, with friends.Even the old cars was something to see. A must see for all children.

Thank BackPacker494559
Reviewed 22 September 2018

My shool buddy and I often visited back in the 60's as we were very interested in WW11 as both our fathers served in that war. The equipment on display has changed over the years to include SANDF equipment from later years. My buddy who...More

1  Thank AGW33
Reviewed 18 September 2018

We enjoyed visiting this Museum very much. It houses an amazing collection of war memorabilia. Near Johannesburg Zoo.

Thank Hannelie S
Reviewed 30 August 2018

An excellent history and tribute to South Africa’s military history from the colonial, thru apartied and into democracy that has only gotten better over time which is a bit unusual here. A rebalanced telling of the military history from the perspective of all sides in...More

Thank George G
Reviewed 30 July 2018

The museum contains a large number of interesting exhibits displayed over a sizable indoor/outdoor area. The exhibits include a number of iconic WW1, but mainly WW2 Allied and Axis aircraft. on display are a couple of Messerschmitt Bf109's, an FW 190, ME 262, Spitfires, Hurricane,...More

1  Thank David S
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

My son and I visited the military museum yesterday and were amazed at the magnificent displays. Our favourite was seeing the german war planes up close. What a lovely outing!

Thank Shelley J
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Wow what a museum with amazing displays of tanks aircraft weapons clothing and history. So much crammed into this museum. Well worth a visit you can spend hours here!

Thank Ray S
Reviewed 26 May 2018

We stumbled across this during our stay and spent several hours here. If you are in to military and history then you will love this place. Its probably one of the largest general displays I have seen and the machines are all in great condition....More

Thank Paul E
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1 November 2018|
Response from AGW33 | Reviewed this property |
I did not host a kids party. It is ok if the kids are interested in learning a bit of military history for a hour or so. It is a museum so not the place to run around making a noise. There is a lot of open ground outside the... More
30 April 2017|
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R40 for adults and R30 for children
5 April 2017|
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Response from H4053OWmikes | 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.