- Over 40,000 artefacts from SA’s military past
- Artillery guns, machine guns and even a howitzer on display
- History from the Anglo-Boer Wars, the Anglo-Zulu War, and the World Wars
The Ditsong Museum of Military History pays tribute to all soldiers and veterans who have served for South Africa. It showcases artefacts from many conflicts in which the country has been involved, including the Anglo-Boer Wars, the Anglo-Zulu War, World War I and II and more. Expect a fascinating array of old weaponry ranging from early-day artillery guns, to Maxim machine guns and the infamous howitzer. Also on display are armoured vehicles, uniforms and medals. In all, the museum holds over 40,000 items of significance paying honour to the country’s past and recent military history.
The Ditsong Museum of Military History was officially opened by then Prime Minister of South Africa Jan Smuts on 29 August 1947. While it originally served as a memorial of South Africa’s participation in World War II, it grew in 1975 to include the history of all military conflict in which South Africans played a part. The museum is regarded as a spiritual and symbolic home for soldiers who visit there, with a number of veterans’ organisations using it as their headquarters.
Closed: Weekends and Public Holidays
Directions to the Ditsong Museum of Military History
Advice for visitors
You can easily spend half a day at this museum, which has surprising and fascinating items on display around every corner. In addition to military equipment and war machines, the museum also showcases charter and private planes of different types. Kids love the tanks and other hands-on displays that allow them to have a little fun in the presence of military history. There is no food or drink served at the museum, so fuel up before arrival. But do make time to relax on the outdoor pavilion and in the gardens. Those driving to the museum will find ample parking available. But come early – it gets busy!
Did you know
The Ditsong museums of South Africa are an amalgamation of eight national museums, seven in Tshwane and one in Johannesburg.