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South African National Museum of Military History

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Whether you're a history buff, a military enthusiast or just want a place to cool off on a hot South African day, odds are you'll enjoy the South African National Museum of Military History. With an array of military exhibits that include everything from military vehicles and service medals to Anglo-Boer War paraphernalia and a small arms display, there's plenty to peruse. But the standout here is the museum's military aircraft collection, which features iconic planes like a Messerschmitt Me 262 fighter jet, a Blackburn Buccaneer S Mk 50 carrier-borne strike airplane and a de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito combat plane made mostly of wood.

In addition to its informative, attention-grabbing displays, travelers rave about the museum's friendly staff and well-maintained grounds. What's more, thanks to its kid-appropriate exhibits and proximity to the Johannesburg Zoo, the South African National Museum of Military History is a convenient attraction for visitors traveling with children.

The South African National Museum of Military History sits in Johannesburg's northern Saxonwold neighborhood (about 4 miles north of downtown). The museum – including a small cafe and memorabilia shop – is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except on Good Friday, Christmas Day and the first Sunday in September. To enter, adults are required to pay a 30 rand (about $2) admission fee, while student tickets are 25 rand each. On-site parking is available for those who decide to drive, or travelers can arrive by bus. The bus stop is located about three blocks east of the museum.

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