James Hall Museum of Transport

Cars, fire engines, bikes and more at this treasure trove of transport.

Highlights

  • The largest collection of transport memorabilia in South Africa
  • Cars, trains, animal-drawn carts and more
  • Learn South Africa’s history of getting around

Description

This museum is dedicated to all things transport! Experience the largest collection of transport memorabilia, artefacts and special interest vehicles in South Africa. Travel through the history of getting around to experience how your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents used to travel. In addition to cars and trains, the museum showcases animal-drawn carts, bikes, coaches, motorbikes and even fire engines. Don’t miss the penny-farthings, tandem bikes and tricycles!

History

The James Hall Museum of Transport was opened in February 1964 in collaboration between Jimmie Hall and the City of Johannesburg. Hall was a car enthusiast who had a special affinity for vintage models. His son Peter carried on his father’s legacy as head of the museum, during which time he added a number of adored vintage cars to the collection’s 2,500 total items. The goal of the museum was to introduce South Africans to the city’s rich history of transport and to preserve its collection for prosperity.

Contact Details

Day Open Close
Monday By Appointment Only By Appointment Only
Tuesday By Appointment Only By Appointment Only
Wednesday By Appointment Only By Appointment Only
Thursday By Appointment Only By Appointment Only
Friday By Appointment Only By Appointment Only
Saturday By Appointment Only By Appointment Only
Sunday By Appointment Only By Appointment Only

Booking Required

Phone: +27 (0)11 435 9485
Website: www.jhmt.org.za

Directions to the James Hall Museum of Transport

Advice for visitors

This museum is a hidden gem! Expect to be amazed and informed by the collection’s vast array of old vehicles and other machines of transport. Kids love the fire engines, buses and other big vehicles, and older kids will love the vintage sports cars like Alfa Romeos. Plan to spend about an hour at the museum visiting its four halls of displays, but visitors should note that there isn’t any cafe or refreshments.

Did you know

Want to know who invented the automobile? There is no exact answer! Many credit Leonardo da Vinci with the first design and model for a transport vehicle. But others give credit to Karl Benz from Germany for creating the first automobile in 1885.

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