Inaugurated in 1988 by Oman’s then ruler and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Sultan Qaboos; the SAF Museum occupies the whitewashed Bait Al-Falaj Fort—a crenelated outpost built in 1845 that once served as the headquarters of the country’s armed forces. The museum extends across the 2-story fort and gardens; and encompasses galleries tracing Oman’s Islamic history, Portuguese occupation, and 20th-century military advancement.
Visitors pay an admission fee to explore independently or via a house tour. Trace the emergence of Oman’s modern-day forces and royal guard under Sultan Qaboos; view military dioramas, study medals; and stroll outside to see the assorted army, air force and naval vehicles. Alternatively, book a Muscat tour that combines a museum stop-off with the city’s other attractions, plus convenient return transport and hotel pickup and drop-off.