It was established by the late Jimmie Hall together with the City of Johannesburg in 1964. Offering thematic displays and exhibits in various exhibition halls, the museum gives visitors a rare glimpse of Johannesburg's transport history, dating back more than a century.
The collection includes animal-drawn vehicles, bicycles and motorcycles, buses and coaches, fire engines and equipment, motor cars, steam-driven vehicles, and trams and trolley buses. There’s also a collection of memorabilia, artefacts and special interest vehicles, plus an extremely rare steam vehicle collection. The museum's bicycle display includes penny-farthings, a tandem and tricycles.
The museum is a treasure trove of information and displays dealing with over 100 years of land transport in all its forms. Johannesburg's rich history of transportation is recreated here, with everything dedicated to preserving the history of land transport in the city for posterity.