Sultan Armed Forces Museum, Muscat
The Sultan's Armed Forces Museum (SAF) provides a good insight into the growth, development and status of Oman since the pre-Islamic times. The museum does center around military and political development of Oman, with lots of photographs, maps and paraphernalia to convey their points.
There is commentary about the expansion over the Arabian Peninsula, conflicts between different tribes, influences during the Portuguese and European occupations, civil uprisings, etc.
The museum is housed in the refurbished Bayt Al Falaj Fort in Ruwi district. The fort was built in 1845 and has seen many different military purposes through the decades. In 1978, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said ordered it to be renovated in order to be the ultimate home of the museum, of which was completed in 1988.
Admission is 1 Rial for foreigners, 500 Baisa for local Omanis.
Open: Saturday to Wednesday 0800 – 1300 hours
Thursday & Friday 0800 to 1100 hours & 1600 to 1800 hours
Ruwi is also home to the Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum. The museum is housed in a mid-19th century building built for the Sultan’s pleasure but was taken up as headquarters for the Omani military.
There are plenty of exhibits of weaponry and Oman’s role in Middle Eastern politics.