The museum provides activities for all age groups. A visit here may include an opportunity to study relevant artefacts on display, a guided tour available on request during the week, or an opportunity on weekdays to use their extensive library and photographic facilities for research purposes.
This Johannesburg space was officially opened by Prime Minister Jan Smuts in 1947 to preserve the history of South Africa's involvement in the Second World War. In 1975, it was renamed the South African National Museum of Military History and its function changed to include all conflicts that South Africa has been involved in.
The Anglo-Boer War Memorial in the grounds of the museum is a large structure designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The venue is regarded as the spiritual and symbolic home for all soldiers and veterans in South Africa. As a result, a number of veterans’ organisations use it as their headquarters.