South African Naval Museum

South African Naval Museum, Simon's Town

South African Naval Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Jonathon S
13 contributions
A surprisingly insightful experience
Oct 2021 • Family
I have been to one other military related museum - Johannesburg military museum by zoo lake. It is more focused on land whereas this museum gave me such insight and appreciation towards the sea military.

We actually went the day before, unknowingly 5 minutes before it was closing. Mark, I think was the name of the elderly and whom met us at the door and encouraged us to return the next day in the morning for more time to enjoy it and so we did. Even brought him a beer to say thank you for saving us from disappointment of possibly having to rush through an amazing and insightful experience.

From submarines to plans, to vehicles and to room setups. It was such an insightful and fun experience and showed me that there is such a deep and prideful history in not only Simons Town but in their Naval military.
Written October 12, 2021
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Kim
19 contributions
Interesting Experience
Feb 2021
It is very easy to loose track of time while wondering around the Naval Museum, there is loads to look at and learn about!
I would definitely recommend taking a family outing to this museum!
Written May 26, 2021
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Wendy C
Johannesburg, South Africa283 contributions
History beautifully preserved
May 2021
We really were so impressed with this gorgeous museum. My husband did his military service in the South African Navy in Simonstown in 1972 and it was such a trip down memory lane for him to go back and visit in 2021. The exhibits are stunning and there is so much to learn and view. The place is impeccably kept and well preserved. We spent virtually the whole morning there and loved every minute. Definitely worth a visit. Highly recommend.
Written May 18, 2021
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Anita Hermanus
Cape Town, South Africa8 contributions
Concisely captures the SA Naval history. A Lovely Journey!!!
May 2021
What a stunning museum! I thoroughly enjoyed my meander through this museum. Exhibits are clear and concise, taking you on a journey through the various ages of the SA Navy. I was so captivated, before I knew it I had spent almost 3 hours in the various exhibits!!!

Loved the Air raid shelter!!
Written May 3, 2021
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Catherine V
14 contributions
Definitely worth a trip
Dec 2019
This is a wonderful place to see the history of the navy museum and its very clean and the information is on point. Its a wonderful place to take the family on a outing.
Written March 6, 2020
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gweru
cambridge19 contributions
Highly recommended
Jan 2020
Most impressive. A fascinating insight into both the naval and social history of South Africa. Exhibits range from the days of Nelson right up until the present. You can easily while away 2 to three hours here. And it’s free! All they ask is for a donation.
The staff we met were exceptionally knowledgeable helpful and professional. Can’t rate this place highly enough.
Written January 17, 2020
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Nicole R
Johannesburg, South Africa93 contributions
Pretty good... my 6 year old says
Dec 2019
Great way to learn something new. Wonderfully kept and a good outing to appreciate what our country had.
Written December 24, 2019
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Kloveron
Johannesburg, South Africa54 contributions
Interesting place
Nov 2019
Well worth visiting this museum with an exhibition spanning from the age of sailing ships to modern day. The museum is housed in an old rigging shed and has a lot interesting pieces on show.
Written November 25, 2019
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CliveofPE
Port Elizabeth, South Africa30 contributions
A good venue if you were in the Navy
Nov 2019
The full history of the Naval history of South Africa. Interesting exibits and a sailloft church. Is has models of all the ships that have been part of the Dutch, British and South African Navys.
Written November 13, 2019
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NigelM229
Oxford, United Kingdom4 contributions
Fascinating Museum on Different Aspects of the Navy over the Years
Oct 2019
Very extensive museum with a multitude of exhibits that will be of interest to everyone - young and old.
Deceptively large.
The items displayed cover many different aspects of the Navy over a large period of time.
The chapel is well worth a visit as well.
Written November 9, 2019
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