The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum

Photo courtesy the South African Rugby Museum

Cape Town sport enthusiasts are lucky enough to live in the city that is home to the Springbok Experience Museum.

Located in the V&A Waterfront in Portswood House, The Springbok Experience is a world-class, modern interactive museum telling South Africa’s story through the eyes of its most powerful sport.

It offers a fun and entertaining experience for the whole family and is a ‘must-do’ attraction. The museum features more than 60 audio visual displays where visitors can watch the history of South African rugby unfold, set among cases displaying historic objects such as famous trophies, jerseys, boots and other memorabilia. 

It makes a perfect venue for exclusive corporate events as well.

And there are games for children and adults alike where they can test their kicking, passing, fitness and reaction skills in the interactive ‘Springbok Trials’ games zone.
There’s even a flagship Springbok shop. The Springbok Experience is a museum – but much more than that – offering fun for all the family.

The History of the Game

The game in this country dates back to 1891 and has a rich and varied, if not political, history. The Springboks, South Africa’s official team, have won the Rugby World Cup on two occasions, in 1995 and 2007 and lifted the Tri-Nations trophy three times since being reinstated to international play in 1992. The South African Rugby Museum has exhibits dedicated to these achievements, as well as a replica of the Webb Ellis Cup, awarded to World Cup winners.

An homage to Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar at the 1995 World Cup 

The museum also plays homage to iconic Springbok greats, legendary matches and crucial moments that have shaped the game into what it is today. Local fanatics can discover everything about South African rugby: the formation and controversy surrounding the Springbok emblem, the origin of the Springbok name, and the evolution of the national kit over the ages.

And those new to one of the nation’s favourite pastimes can learn more about the game itself. 

Contact Details

The Springbox Experience Rugby Museum is open from 10h00 to 18:00 daily. For more information visit their website or call +27 (0) 21 418 4741 for group bookings. You can contact the musuem via email on


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