The South African National Museum of Military History in Johannesburg has a collection of more than 44 000 items are divided into 37 separate categories and include the official South African war art and photograph collections.
The aviation collection contains some of the rarest aircraft in the world. For example, the Me 262 B-1a/U1 on display is the only night fighter version of this aircraft still in existence.
Other categories cover such diverse fields as ordnance, armoured fighting vehicles, medals, uniforms, small arms, edged weapons, barrack & camping equipment, rations, religion, gifts & comforts, military music, graves & memorials, military insignia, communications, medicine, propaganda and vexillology, to name a few.
The Museum library has a unique collection of books, journals and archival material. Interviews are regularly conducted in the library as part of an ongoing oral history collection project. In this way, it ensures that previously unrecorded experiences of ordinary servicemen and women are preserved for posterity.
All the collections are curated and researched by graduates with many years of accumulated knowledge and expertise. Displays not only reflect historical aspects but also illustrate technological development in warfare.
Two historic Bellman Hangars house a variety of thematic displays such as the Anglo-Zulu War, the Anglo-Boer War, South Africa's role in the First and Second World Wars, resistance movements such as Umkhonto-we-Sizwe, medicine in war, the development of combat uniforms and equipment, the development of firearms, resistance to war, and so on.
The Museum is also responsible for the provision of exhibits and their curation at the Delville Wood Commemorative Museum in France.
Tel: +27 011 646 5513
Fax: +27 011 646 5256
The Museum is situated in Erlswold Way in the northern Johannesburg suburb of Saxonwold adjacent to the Johannesburg Zoo and close to the recreational area of Zoo Lake. There is ample parking for the motorist.
Opening hours: Daily from 09.00 to 16.30 (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day)
Where to Stay
Accommodation in Johannesburg Metropole are found in areas such as Sandton, Johannesburg City, Randburg, Roodepoort, Benoni and Kempton Park near OR Tambo Int Airport.
Other Things to Do
Johannesburg offers a host of attractions and activities, and offers the visitor many things to do.
Other Johannesburg Museums include The Adler Museum of Medicine; the Dynamite Museum chronicling the history of explosives and chemicals; the Madiba Freedom Museum charting South Africa`s journey to demoscracy; to new a few.
Day Tours in Johannesburg
There is no easier way to explore Johannesburg, Soweto, the Cradle of Humankind and environs, than joining a scheduled half-day or day tour.