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South African Naval Museum

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Address: Private Bag X1, Simon's Town 7995, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 787 4686
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A great history lesson in Simon's Town

During our visit to Cape Town, my wife and I saw this museum on our drive through Simon’s Town and decided to stop in and visit. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Pennington, New Jersey
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Pennington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

During our visit to Cape Town, my wife and I saw this museum on our drive through Simon’s Town and decided to stop in and visit. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the admission was free (donations accepted and appreciated). Before even entering the building, there are several displays of machinery and weapons located outside of the building; this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Museum, is seriously under rated. Spent an hour here, and thoroughly enjoyed it. We visited on a Sunday, when there we no tours been offered, however we had the leisure of walking through at our own pace. The staff that where there, were extremely informative, and very helpful. Definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Ashika D
Muscat, Oman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Simons Town houses the South African Naval Museum which is free to enter and you can put donations in a box. It is well maintained and quite huge. For people more interested in Navy and its history, the look and feel of equipment used in navy etc, this place will be more amazing. We spent about 40 minutes or so.

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

What a fantastic place, especially for a family. Collections of ship models and parapaanallia for sure. But also wonderful examples of working naval guns, anti-aircraft weapons, anti-submarine depth charges and defenses, a helicopter, a working model of a ship's bridge, all sorts of things. Really put the idea of a working ship and its equipment right at your fingertips. Highly... More 

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Thank Frazier E
Simon's Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Great museum, good upkeep, very interesting and absolutely free. The staff was eager to help, had a quick chat and learned a lot. Though there were little errors here and there, the museum was a great visit. Well done to the Navy.

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Thank Skippietjie
Noordhoek, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We went to the museum with our three boys aged 8, 6 and 3. Some of the museum is geared towards adults but they loved looking at the boat replicas and submarines. The best came near the end when you can go inside a submarine replica. The boys loved it! They pretended to bomb and sink imaginary ships while sending... More 

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Thank Tortues
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Exhibitions feels like it has not been updated the last 20 years or so. Still interesting & I'm sure that if this is your area of interest, you will find countless gems hidden here.

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leonsteyn70, Manager at South African Naval Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the SA Naval Museum in Simon's Town. Your feedback is appreciated. Be sure to visit our new 'Transformation Display', 'Hydrographic Chart Display' and 'Arctic Convoy Display' on your next visit to Simon's Town. http://www.navy.mil.za/archive/1605/160620_arctic_convoy_display/article.htm Cdr L. Steyn Curator SA Naval Museum More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

I happened across the museum whilst driving in Simon's Town whilst a was blissfully unaware of its existence. The museum has many interesting displays that one cannot list them all. But of the exhibits that I found note worthy were: An anti submarine helicopter - in pristine condition. Replica of the inside of an old sub. Some original Dutch East... More 

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Thank Lew M
Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

They have quite the impressive collection! We were thrilled with how much they have to offer - room after room of great stuff. We were also very impressed with the staff - they were very helpful and informational!

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Durban
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

I took my two young sons here and we really enjoyed strolling around. They have a substantial amount of memorabilia, models, and artefacts on display and its really interesting. Although quick low-key, there are a few interactive displays which delighted my little guys. Worth a visit if you have time to spare.

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