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“Treasure Trove for History Buffs”

South African National Museum of Military History
Ranked #10 of 136 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 November 7, 2017

This one-of-a-kind museum, laid out in a tranquil garden setting, is a complete delight for anyone interested in military history. Well maintained, neat and tidy, in true military style! The museum covers most of South Africa’s military history and contains valuable items, some of which cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. If you get engrossed, you’ll easily spend half a day or more here.

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Reviewed November 4, 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

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Reviewed October 24, 2017

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

Thank LeonM1582
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Reviewed October 13, 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 LyntonC9
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Reviewed October 6, 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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