The James Hall Museum of Transport: About us
Generations of youngsters can see the many ways their grandparents and great-grandparents got around the city - and the country - all those years ago.
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Evolution of transport

Evolution of transport
From animal power through peddle power to steam and the combustible engine, visitors can see the evolution of transport. More.



The James Hall Museum of Transport is the most comprehensive land transport museum in South Africa, with thematic displays and exhibits in the various exhibition halls. Its collection includes bicycles and motorcycles 1786 – 1960, animal-drawn vehicles 1870 – 1910, trams and trolley buses 1896 – 1986, motor cars 1900 – 1980, and fire engines and equipment 1877 – 1960. In addition there are a number of interesting memorabilia and special interest vehicles as well as an extremely rare and exciting steam vehicle collection that has become internationally recognised in recent years.


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Limited research is available on various aspects of transportation in specific fields.

Officially SAVVA Dated Vehicles: We are also able to pass on information on the history of any motorcar or motorcycle registered with the South African Veteran & Vintage Association. There are 5 000 vehicles registered with the association.

History of South African vehicles: We have access to a private library on the history of vehicles in South Africa and if – and where possible – will pass on information requested regarding specific vehicles and /or transport related information.


Tours are available for schools, interest and other group visits.

Booking is essential for group tours.

Booking forms and attendance lists are available together with indemnity forms for those wanting to take part on the museum rides. These forms are to be completed by the group/s and sent to the museum prior to their visit. A confirmation of the tour will be given to the relevant person who made the booking/s.

There are also work sheets available for Grades 0-7, as well as other learning material for schools and other interested groups.

A school holiday programme is also run by the museum. There is a cost involved for the programmes, which varies depending on the events and /or activities.

The museum has an Early Childhood Development Mobile Bus that visits out pre-schools, running various programmes specifically designed for this age group.

Booking for these visits is essential.
Tel: +27 (0)
11 435 9718 / 011 435 9485/6/7

Educational bus


Contact us

Peter Hall
Head of the James Hall Museum of Transport
Tel:  011 435 9485
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Past exhibitions

Story of a bus
The DJ Run

Join the Friends of the Museum

This group is made of members of the community with an interest in preservation, admiration and motivation. They organise events, activities and out-reach projects and programmes and help raise funds for specific projects and assist in taking the museum into the community. If you are interested, please download an application form from our website, or contact the museum to have a form sent to you.


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Plan your visit

Where to find us:

Pioneer Park
Rosettenville Road
La Rochelle


Opening hours:

Tuesdays to Sundays, 9am – 5pm (Closed on Christmas Day and the Day of Goodwill)



Free (donations welcome)



Tuck shop and vending machine



Secure parking within the museum grounds. The museum is accessible for disabled, and wheel chairs are on hand at the entrance.



Tours are available for school groups, clubs, interest groups and enthusiasts. Booking is essential.