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“Boys and there toys shouldn't miss this.”

South African National Museum of Military History
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US$17.16*
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1 or 2 Day Johannesburg City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #14 of 187 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 14 March 2014

Next door to the zoo, this museum is as museums in the UK used to be - exhibits (planes, uniforms, artefacts, even a collection of rifles) with labels. No button pushing, 'intereactive displays' or dumming down. Such a refreshing change.

My partner who is mad on planes said he saw many he had never seen before - you'd have to ask him what they were! But we passed a happy couple of hours in this small but fully stocked museum before moving on to the zoo next door.

The cafe there is nice too and a good place to sit and contemplate the madness of all our military histories. There is also a military memorabilia shop full of fascinating stuff.

Thank Annabel57
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

To get to the museum from Rosebank station, there was supposed to be tuk tuks to take you there, but unfortunately there were none, so took a taxi which was quite expensive,if you need to go there and its a nice day, and dont mind the walk, would do that, its about a mile away, and easy to find, saying that, it was a great museum and the models and history through the years was fantastic
Would recommend it to anyone who has interest in motors, airplanes, and the history of it through the years.

1  Thank anoushkascotland
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

Well some things that were interesting to learn about not outstanding .If you don't compare it to what we would see in Canada and take for what it is .The walk over to it was almost as interesting as viewing it .I would say once in your life is enough.

Thank vANislanderBc
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

For anyone interested in military hardware and how it relates to the long history of South Africa this is a museum not to be missed. It exhibits are both indoors and out, and the collection is presented in a very tasteful manner. The exhibits neither glorify or condemn war, but simply show the evolution of the hardware used in the wars that South Africa has fought.

1  Thank Lewis D
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

A neatly set out, well maintained museum. The lawns are lovely, and there are some fascinating artefacts and some highly interesting things to see. The focus is on the military and weaponry. There is plenty to see, read and experience. situated next to the JHB zoo, so a worthwhile stop to make. everything is well presented and maintained.

1  Thank mygrayngirl
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