Military Museum of Yemen
Address: Gamal Abdul Nasser Street, western corner of al-Tahrir Square
Timings: 3pm to 5pm
Housed inside a building that has witnessed several institutions over the years, including being a prison and later a guesthouse, the Military Museum flaunts centuries of Yemeni warfare – from the stone tools of the earliest civilizations up to late modernity. The exhibits are categorized into five main areas:
1. Stone Age Warfare
2. Ancient Yemen Warfare
3. The Medieval Era
4. The Ottoman and Imamate Era
5. Post-1962 Revolution
Most of the exhibits are titled in Arabic, with very few accompanied by an English translation, which makes a tour through the museum more of a guessing game rather than an informative session – it is fun, nevertheless, especially when you do it with a bunch of like-minded friends.
A large Italian tank placed at the front gate marks the entrance to the museum – easily recognizable from a distance.