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South African National Museum of Military History
Ranked #9 of 172 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.
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24 reviews
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“definitely try it out”
Reviewed December 31, 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.

Visited September 2013
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

We enjoyed it. Lots to see, especially guys who are into military vehicles and equipment. One can do this and johannesburg zoo together.

Visited December 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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49 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“Fascinating history”
Reviewed December 20, 2013

So much to see & read about while I searched for information about my grandfather who was a WW1 soldier. Beautifully preserved memorabilia, machinery & equipment.

Visited August 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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83 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“First class experience.”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The layout and content of this Museum is amazing as is the sheer quantity and diversity of the exhibits. There are some rare aircraft in beautiful condition as well as tanks and artillery from both sides of WW2. If you miss this attraction, you will be missing out on a slice of history that has been well preserved and presented.

Visited November 2013
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Poole, United Kingdom
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809 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 347 helpful votes
“A worthwhile visit!”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

A great museum with dozens of military vehicles, planes etc. It is well laid out and does not really too heavily on display boards like some museums. The temporary Battle of Britain exhibition was tiny though and crammed into a small room. Outside is the gun park which has at its centre an old Dakota aircraft. Don't forget to visit the War Store with lots of military memorabilia. All in all a worthwhile visit and a bargain at 25 Rand. Nearby is Zoo Lake which is a nice place to relax. I walked there from Melville and felt quite safe.

Visited November 2013
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