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South African National Museum of Military History

20 Erlswold Way | Saxonwold, Johannesburg 2132, South Africa
+27 11 646 5513
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A History of Violence and War

This museum is a hidden treasure near the Johannesburg Zoo. I was not sure what to expect because... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Beijing, China
Amazing collection which the current government doesn't care about

The place has some very remarkable hardware on display. I hadn't looked it up ahead, just went in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Espoo, Finland
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This large museum contains mostly military-related records, journals, weapons and photographs that depict the nation’s participation in large-scale conflicts.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good39%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“on display” (24 reviews)
“jet fighter” (6 reviews)
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20 Erlswold Way | Saxonwold, Johannesburg 2132, South Africa
+27 11 646 5513
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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...More

Thank Ozymandias2000
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place has some very remarkable hardware on display. I hadn't looked it up ahead, just went in, and was just blown away when I walked into a hall which had a downed Bf-109, a pristine condition Fw-190 and, to top it all, a completely...More

Thank ptaipale
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum well maintained and well preserved A great way to spend at the very least a half a day. I recommend more time to really appreciate all the displays

Thank Gavin W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love the military and air force like my husband and son, this would be the place to go... It shares the history of our country, World War and has actual aircrafts and military tanks from way back in time.

Thank Linda294Dorasamy
Reviewed July 13, 2017 via mobile

Prepare to be transported back in time. This place is a must see for everyone. There is loads of history in the place. Everything from planes to tanks to guns and armory. Expect to spend at least 2 - e hours here. Cheap as chips...More

Thank PaddySA1000
Reviewed June 19, 2017

A sad poorly maintained and poorly organised collection could be so much more. The curating of the displays needs help in order for there to be continuity. Looks like it hasn't been updated or maintained since the nineties.

Thank caljc
Reviewed June 18, 2017

The museum has a large collection of tanks and guns, as well as some aircraft and naval exhibits. The items are beautifully restored, and I saw many unique weapons, including the only surviving Me-262 night fighter. If you're a 20th Century military buff, this is...More

1  Thank Kirk W
Reviewed June 17, 2017

I was not sure what to expect from the Museum, having driven many a time past it. What a surprise. Well kept, with an array of armoured vehicles, guns and personnel-related items on display. Some aircraft (some unique ones), and the odd naval gun (suppose...More

Thank Louis S
Reviewed June 15, 2017 via mobile

From the moment I walked in I was just in awe, I had not imagined the depth of the museum and physical artifacts on display such as nazi planes from world war, swords, guns, and tanks from various eras and lands. A really fascinating place...More

Thank Rowena A
Reviewed June 6, 2017

This is an excellent museum with many unique and one of a kind objects due to the rich history of Southern Africa. They have a large collection of vehicles and aircraft both indoors and outdoors. Many are South African but others were capture or acquired...More

Thank anonomuse
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April 5, 2017|
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Response from Mike S | 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.