South African Naval Museum in Simon's Town, Wes-Kaap
Tales of Naval Battles and Heroism on the High Seas
The South African Naval Museum is situated in none other than South Africa’s main naval port of Simon’s Town. It is one of only five naval museums in the Southern Hemisphere and the first of its kind in Africa.
The Museum pays homage to the country’s naval history and includes some glimpses into today’s modern naval operations with both models and life-size exhibits for its visitors. Come and enjoy the maritime magnificence, the land based museum has outstanding displays exhibiting weapons, charts, medals, uniforms, naval equipment and photographs used throughout history by the Natal Volunteer Reserves, Cape Colony Reserves and in the South African Navy.
The SA Naval Museum is housed in a three-story building around the original Dockyard Magazine/Storehouse and is staffed by Naval Personnel and civilian volunteers. It is way bigger than it first appears and besides the continuously expanding exhibits and naval associated artefacts indoors, there are also guns, radar masts, the lowers station and the pylons of the Aerial Ropeway can also be seen outside.
Come visit one of Simon’s Towns main attraction and expect to be fascinated by the battles fought, the victories won, the defeats endured and learn a lot about what navy life was and is like!
Things to see and do
- Ship & Submarine Models
- Life Size Ships Bridge & Submarine Operation Room
- The Boat House
- Naval Weaponry
- Diving Exhibit
- Naval Uniforms & Diving Gear
- Mine-sweeping Equipment
- Naval Small Craft
- The Storehouse: SATS General Botha Exhibit
- Naval Artwork
- St Georges Dockyard Church
- Guided Tours
Admission is Free, Guided Tours R40 per person
Closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day & News Year’s Day
Prices subject to change, please confirm directly with the Museum
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