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Ditsong National Museum of Military History

by | Mar 24, 2018

Situated on the outskirts of Saxonwold, Johannesburg, the Military History museum houses a number of weapons and other artifacts from the many wars that South Africans had been involved in – The Frontier Wars, the first and second Anglo-Boer Wars, the Anglo-Zulu War, World War I and II, Korea and the more recent Border War.

The museum was opened by Minister General Jan Smuts in 1947, following the end of World War II. The museum contains an interesting display of old weaponry, including some of the first heavy artillery guns used in the Anglo-Boer Wars such as the Maxim machine gun, the howitzer, automatic handguns and magazine-fed rifles.

Many of the artifacts dating from the first and second World Wars include armoured fighting vehicles, medals, uniforms and some rare Axis and Allied warplanes on display.


Location: 22 Erlswold Way, Saxonwold, Johannesburg. Next to the Johannesburg Zoo and Zoo Lake.
Contact: 27 10 001 3515
Email: milmus@ditsong.org.za
Opening times: 09h00 daily with the last entry at 15h30.
Web: www.ditsong.org.za
Entrance fee: R35 pp for adults. R15 pp for pensioners, R25 students and kids.