The South African Rugby Union’s world-class, modern interactive museum explains the country’s complex but proud rugby heritage. It features more than 64 audio visual monitors and computer screens, interactive ‘Springbok Trials’ skills tests for children and adults as well as a flagship Springbok clothing store. The Springbok Experience is a museum – but much more than that.

It is located at one of Africa’s busiest visitor attractions – the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town – complete with its own set of rugby poles and in an elegant stand-alone building, Portswood House, overlooking the main shopping precinct.

Open from 10am to 6pm, seven days a week, the Experience takes visitors on an interactive journey through the fascinating story of South African rugby.

Beautifully preserved and displayed objects such as the Rugby World Cup and Absa Currie Cup trophies, the jerseys, blazers and boots of famous players are brought to life with touchscreen interaction and compelling graphics and audio visual displays. Visitors will be taken on a journey from the handling code’s arrival in South Africa in the 1860s right up to modern times where they will be able to digitally interact with the heroes of today.

The Springbok Experience also tells the ‘hidden’ story of black rugby history for the first time and pulls no punches in placing rugby in South Africa’s social history as a sometimes divisive and ultimately unifying force.

Artefacts going on public display for the first time include:
• Francois Pienaar’s No 6 jersey and Joel Stransky’s boots from the 1995 Rugby World Cup final
• John Smit’s 2007 Rugby World Cup final jersey
• Springbok Girl – an oil painting from the 1906 first Springbok tour that has never been exhibited in South Africa before
• And the ‘Book of the Unwelcome’ – recovered from the SARU archives and going on display at the South African rugby museum for the first time, 32 years after the request was made by protesting New Zealanders during the 1981 ‘Flour Bomb’ tour.

At the end of the Experience, the pièce de résistance is a match centre and heroes gallery, where visitors can watch any number of matches from Springbok history and explore the records of players past and present. On the outer walls, they can move six life-size current players 360 degrees and watch them in action to understand what vital skills and training is needed to play in certain positions. A final triptych AV theatre experience completes the journey, immersing visitors in a typical days’ rugby in South Africa (in all weather conditions!)

Opening: since September 24, 2013.

Opening hours: 10h00 to 18h00 every day of the week and public holidays (last entry to Museum gallery at 17h30)

Online: through Webtickets at

Ticket prices:

Families (four or more)R140 + R25 for every extra child
Groups (10 or more)R40pp
Schools (only by pre-arrangement)R20pp

For bookings: Contact 021 418 4741

Address: Portswood House, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

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