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“Heritage of the UNION DEFENCE FORCES 1940”

South African National Museum of Military History
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US$16.97*
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1 or 2 Day Johannesburg City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #10 of 183 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 4 November 2017 via mobile

Military history museum situated on 22 Erlworld Way in Randburg Johannesburg. Includes in its displays Aircrafts, weapons, vehicles, clothing and a host of other military collections and a library it is huge you need a few days to go through everything - It includes all military conflicts in which South Africans played a part. The museum is considered a spiritual and symbolic home to all soldiers and military veterans. Number of Military veterans use this museum as their headquarters.

Interesting there are conference centers for use for use by the public lord and lots of parking, restaurant, accessible by wheelchairs. Good for tour groups, Students and children, bookings are essential for thorough exposition

Thank Jabu M
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

I have been there on two occasions, and it was an exceptionally pleasant experience on both occasions

Thank Leon M
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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

What a well maintained and interesting museum. Great exhibits, rich in history. Kids had lots of fun and got to see war machines of yesteryear.

Thank Lynton C
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

This is a truly world-class museum. Apart from the unique exhibits like the Messerschmidt ME262 and the G5 there are countless interesting exhibits that can't but be fascinating.

The museum is a bit rambling, and can be a tad disjointed, but there has been a lot of effort to group exhibits in some sort of cohesive order. I have visited the museum so many times since my childhood that I feel personally connected to most of the exhibits, and they all have a comfortable familiarity to me. I ca easily spend a few hours just wandering through.

I like the relatively recent additions of the anti-war / anti-conscription movements and of the small section devoted to black soldiers during the two world wars.

In spite of subsidy reductions, economically tough times, municipal inefficiencies, the museum has retained it's high standard of cleanliness and professionalism.

Thank AfricanZombieHunter
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

This is one of the best kept museums in Gauteng and is well worth a visit, particularly if you have even a glancing interest in the wars involving South African forces. The museum complex adjoins the Johannesburg Zoo in Saxonwold, and looks out onto the magnificent Edwin Luytens neo-classical moment to the dead of the 2nd Anglo-Boer War. The museum is also a great place to bring children (not too young) because the museum has a couple of exhibits, including tanks and planes, where kids are actively encouraged to climb into the vehicles after they've oogled the other exhibits. The wars that are covered with exhibits range from the Anglo-Boer conflicts of the late 19th Century, through the two world wars, to the "Border War" of 1966-1989. The displays are based on the museum's extensive collection of military hardware but are supplemented with dioramas, and information displays.

Thank Christo D
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