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South African National Museum of Military History, Johannesburg

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Founded in 1947 to record South Africa's involvement in World War II, South African National Museum of Military History quickly expanded to cover all conflicts the country was ever involved in. Exhibited items include official records, photographs, weapons, and other artifacts from various battles and wars. Be sure to take a look at the Boer War Memorial, which is dedicated to all who lost their lives during this late 19th-century conflict. Take a look at our Johannesburg tour planning tool to schedule your visit to South African National Museum of Military History and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • A great museum with a surprising amount to see - cannons, planes, submarines - all sorts of things. We spent 2 hours there, and could have spent longer (bypassed some of the photos, and smaller... 
    A great museum with a surprising amount to see - cannons, planes, submarines - all sorts of things. We spent 2 hours there, and could have spent longer (bypassed some of the photos, and smaller...  more »
  • The museum is well maintained, was nice and quiet, and full of things to look at. So a nice visit in that sense. But, I really struggled to enjoy it because there was so little interpretation... 
    The museum is well maintained, was nice and quiet, and full of things to look at. So a nice visit in that sense. But, I really struggled to enjoy it because there was so little interpretation...  more »
  • Fantastic. Everything you visit there is a new exhibit. Some of the rarest and best preserved militeria are on display here. The Museum, is well laid out, exhibits are well described, the facilities.....  more
    Fantastic. Everything you visit there is a new exhibit. Some of the rarest and best preserved militeria are on display here. The Museum, is well laid out, exhibits are well described, the facilities.....  more »
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  • Fantastic displays of many great vehicles and aircraft. A great history of South African military, both nationally and overseas. Highly recommended. A quick note, currently there is no refreshments available at the moment, so take a snack and drink. 👍
  • Very impressed with the war museum and the neatness of the grassed area as well as the areas inside different hangers/halls. Very clean and very polite staff. Will definitely go back for another visit. I am a very proud South African.
  • The Johannesburg war museum is definitely a must see for anyone interested in our South African history. My boys absolutely loves coming here all the time. The staff is helpful and friendly. The only negative is there is no restaurant.
  • Awesome outing for the family. Well preserved and neat display. There should be a coffee shop or a snack shop. On a scorching hot day, you'll probably die of dehydration if you don't go prepared😜
  • This museum has a very impressive collection of military equipment, weapons, and history. I learned much that Was new to me and would highly recommend a few hours to visit and walk through the exhibits. In fact, it may take a couple of visits because there is so much to take in!

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