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“Great outing for young boys”

South African National Museum of Military History
Ranked #10 of 174 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.
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great outing for young boys”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

My young son loves guns (sigh) and I took him and his best friend to the museum on a quiet Saturday morning.
We spend a quiet and enjoyable couple of hours there and I personally found all the exhibits informative and a great peek into our country's military history. It's also a great place to take children to put their history lessons into perspective with tanks, planes, clothes, guns, etc.
The museum is clean, well-maintained and have information boards that can keep you entertained as you read for as short or as long as you want, and offers great photo opportunities for the youngsters as well.
It is also a party venue for the little ones with a helicopter they can clamber into.
There is also a little cafe for beverages and light snacks and a war memorabilia shop that is worth visiting (but certainly not buying, very pricey, unless you're a fanatic).

Visited August 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best museum”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Best to know the military history of S. africa where they show you all kind of guns which is in the history of this great country

Visited September 2012
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Interesting for young and old”
Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

There are a few world class exhibits at this museum. Young kids and adults can be occupied here for hours on end.

There is also a war memorabilia shop that sells a lot of interesting stuff, including genuine obsolete military insignia, uniform and some equipment.

It certainly is worth visiting.

Visited September 2012
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Oak Ridge
Level 6 Contributor
370 reviews
173 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Great exhibits, inconsistent history”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

This museum has some exhibits that are definitely worth seeing for a military historian. It has the only two-seater ME262, a complete FW190, a G5 SP Howitzer, and one of the best tank lines I have seen outside of Ft. Knox. For those studying British Tank development in WW2, the display is unsurpassed. Other aircraft worth seeing are the MKV Spitfire, the Hawker Hurricane, and a superb display of an ME109.
What is missing is some form or function for the display of these items. There seems to be no connection tying all of this together and it presents a kind of hodge podge of military-type items. For instance, a near-perfect example of a an M3 Stuart Light Tank ('Honey' to the Commonwealth) is located next to a fire truck.
Once you accept that history has taken second place to displays, you will be very satisfied with the terrific collection and the wonderful condition every vehicle is in. Even the WW2 German Sdkfz halftrack's tires are inflated and it looks ready to drive out the door.
This is definitely worth a stop for the mil historian, although I wish it had a more consistent theme and more 'history' particularly about the 'struggle' (covered in more depth at the Arpatheid museum) and the border wars.

Visited August 2013
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Johannesburg
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great outing for children and adults”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Wide range of arms & ammunition, uniforms and other military items from various eras. Something for every member of the family. Climbing on some exhibits is allowed. Pleasant outdoor and indoor mix of exhibits.
Restaurant was quite acceptable too.
And adjacent to the beautiful Johannesburg Zoological Gardens.

Visited December 2012
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