THE CORONA VIRUS – MUSEUM CLOSED: In line with the announcement made by the President and our Commander-in-Chief last night, we regret to inform you that the South African Naval Museum will be closed to the public (individual visitors and tour groups) with immediate effect until the 14th of April 2020.
Museums and especially their front-of-house staff are arguably at the greatest risk because of regular contact with the public many of whom are visitors from abroad. The Naval Museum receives up to 1500 visitors a month. The potential risk to front-of-house and volunteers getting sick due to their contact with visitors is real and we are serious to protect and support our workforce and others around them.
The British Museum Association reflects soberly on the effects the epidemic will have on museums overall. See
Bookings for tours and visits after the 14th of April can still be made, but subject to review pending the situation.
Enquiries: Commander Leon Steyn 021 787 4622 / 4686
Photo caption: The Aerial Ropeway crossing the Main Road in Simon’s Town. It operated between 1904 and 1934 and took supplies and personnel from the West Dockyard to the Royal Naval Hospital and the Sanatorium on Red Hill above Simon’s Town.