On Tuesday 1 October 2013 the Ellis Park Rugby Museum was officially opened by former rugby player Swys Joubert and his family.
This museum which carries artifacts from over a hundred years, is a unique experience that any rugby fanatic must visit! It is also said to be the biggest private collection in the world and that is no joke.
From caps to boots, flags to jerseys, there is nothing in this museum that won’t bring you closer to what it must be like to wear the cherished Green & Gold or even the Silver Fern of the mighty All Blacks.
From walking through the doors at Ellis Park Stadium’s foyer you are engulfed in rugby history with a montage of Springbok and Lions (Transvaal) rugby players that made their mark over the decades. Then when you enter the actual museum your attention gets grabbed by the sounds of the Welsh Anthem ” Land of Our Fathers” that bellow throughout the museum. If that is not enough to grab your attention then it suddenly hits you the enormity of the museum and everything that is in it from the first step you take.
Perfectly planned and structured the museum tells the story of years gone by in South African rugby from the first ever Springbok caps and jerseys to blazers worn by legends over the decades since 1903. Several original paintings and a fully signed 1906 rugby ball by the first ever Springbok team lead by Paul Roos himself.
The museum does not only include South African rugby artifacts, but from literally across the world. From New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and France to mention a few, it represents rugby as a whole and reflects what the sport is all about.
Personal collections of legends like Frik du Preez are on full display and tell stories in ways that no one can.
One would need at least 2 solid hours to really appreciate all the contents of what is to see in this remarkable museum. However, time won’t be a problem as old Transvaal Rugby Union President Jannie le Roux’s private bar stands fully restored after it was demolished during the 2010 FIFA World Cup restorations at the stadium for people to enjoy refreshments.
The museum that will make part of the current stadium tour as well as the extensive and expanding tour operator network in Johannesburg, is sure going to become a massive hit among tourists and locals alike.
For corporates and groups of over 50 people, the museum also brings an added benefit of hosting clients on game days and is also ideal for capping ceremonies by school teams and clubs. Whatever the occasion, this museum is the next best venue in town!
It will be open to the public 7 days a week from 10am to 3pm for group bookings etc. call them today on 011 402 2960 ext. 211