Whether you’re a die-hard rugby fan or not, The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum in the V&A Waterfront really is a must see.

Now I know what you’re probably thinking, because I had the same concern when they invited me to come and check it out… the words “rugby museum” doesn’t exactly sound exciting, right?  Yeah…  I don’t blame you, because this is kinda what I was picturing in my mind:

Ja… not exactly an exciting mental picture that… (Image taken from http://www.rugbyschool.net/)

Because of this, I will admit that I hesitated quite a bit, but luckily Karen (the lovely lady from the Springbok experience who contacted me) was able to convince me that this was a museum like no other…  AND she was right.  I was completely blown away…

There really is nothing boring about this musuem.  It’s world-class, hi-tech, fully interactive & just plain cool; and with more than 60 audio visual screens, rugby skills tests, rare rugby memorabilia, digital photo albums, a mini cinema and more, there’s lots to keep both young and old completely captivated.

Don’t believe me?  Then let me give you a quick tour:

Welcome… come inside…

From the moment I stepped inside my brain went: What??? Here you literally feel like you’re a player entering the field for a big match…

Then you’re invited to become part of the Springbok world… like literally, they’ll even put your face up on the big screen…

Then put your rugby skills to the test… Here you can check your hand-eye coordination, your fitness level, your ball passing technique as well as your kicking abilities. I’m not going to comment on how well/badly I did… let’s just say I should definitely NOT quit my day job. (PS – this area will really suck you in & is awesome for kids as well)

There’s lots of cool stuff to see… and as I mentioned above there’s so many great interactive things, you certainly won’t get bored…

Computerised screens giving you an insight into how rugby started and evolved here in SA…

Lots of old kit & other rugby memorabilia to see…

You can even read old newspaper articles, watch some rugby footage or learn a whole bunch of things by using the various interactive touchscreens…

Of course there’s a section dedicated to the 1995 world cup, and then you can also learn about the different positions and get really interesting info about player stats & averages…

Seriously though… very cool…

You can also put your rugby knowledge to the test, have a chat with some Springbok legends, or see how you measure up…

And then you wrap things up with a quick 8min movie PLUS…

Some retail therapy in the flagship Springbok shop where you can get your hands on items not available anywhere else… (and they’ve got everyone covered – men, women, kids and even the very, very little ones)

Look good?  Of course it does. 🙂  Now take note of all the need-to-knows:

  • Opening hours: 10:00 to 18:00 every day (except Christmas day)
  • Costs as at Nov 2014: R65 (adults), R40 (scholars & senior citizens), kids under 5 free.  They also offer a discount for groups of 10 ppl or more.  But be sure to double-check over here for updated pricing. Tickets can be purchased directly from the museum or via Webtickets.
  • Location:  Portswood House, V&A Waterfront  (basically if you park in the Ulundi parking garage which is closest to the big wheel side, it’s right on top of the parking garage where they normally do the Galileo Open Air Cinema screenings)
  • Duration:  It really is up to you, but you can easily spend up to 90min or even 2 hrs here, depending on how involved you get.
  • Extras: With every ticket you can either claim a free Castle Draught at Alba Lounge or R10 off your meal at Spur.
  • Contact details:  You can call them on 021 418 4741

ALSO this Thursday, 20 November – The Galileo Open Air Cinema is screening Invictus at the V&A and every ticket holder will also get a 25% discount to The Springbok Experience.  This means you can pop into the musuem and have a look around before settling in for the movie:

  • Get your movie tickets via Webtickets over here (the cost is R70 – R95 depending on whether you choose a standard ticket only or additional blanket/backrest options).
  • Then purchase your Springbok Experience ticket at the museum between 5:30 and 6:30 on the day and have a look around.
  • The movie is scheduled to start at 19:30

BUT LISTEN UP, because I also have the following to give away:

  • 1 x Family ticket (comprising of 2 adults and 2 kids under the age of 18)
  • 1 x double ticket (for 2 adults)

If you wanna get your hands on these, send me the following Tweet:

Hey @CTmylove I really wanna get my hands on those @bokmuseum tickets #LoveRugbyWin and then add either #Family (for the family ticket) OR #Friends (for the double ticket)

Or if you’re not on twitter, paste this tweet in the comments section below & make sure you enter your correct email address so I can contact you.

Please just take note of the following:

  • You have to be Cape Town based or be willing to travel to Cape Town at your own cost
  • Only one entry per person
  • Entries close at midnight on Thu, 20 Nov 2014
  • The winners will be determined by lucky draw & will be announced here on my blog and on Twitter/FB on the morning of Fri, 21 Nov 2014
  • There will be 2 winners – one for the family ticket and one for the double ticket.  Winners will be able to choose when they’d like to visit the museum.

Good luck guys & before I go, I have to say a BIG thanks to Karen for showing me around the museum.  I really had so much fun, even though I pass a ball like total girl…

xxx