Kuwait House of National Works: Memorial Museum

Kuwait House of National Works: Memorial Museum information

Kuwait City , Kuwait
Address
Street Block 7, 71 St
Extras opposite Prime Minister's residence, Shuwaikh
Telephone
+965 2484 5335
Prices
admission KD1
Opening hours
8.30am-1pm & 4.30-8.30pm Sun-Thu, 4.30-8.30pm Sat
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Lonely Planet review

This innovative museum encapsulates the horror of the Iraqi invasion and honours the sacrifices that Kuwaiti citizens, the Kuwaiti military and the allies made in order to beat back Saddam’s forces. The exhibits comprise a set of well-crafted models of the city that are illuminated in time with an audio recording in English. Despite the nationalist propaganda, the experience of walking through the darkened corridors, lit only by simulated gun blasts and mortar attacks, and focusing on the heroism of the few for the safety of the many, has a contemporary resonance that transcends the exhibit’s narrow remit.

The museum is best reached by taxi and can be combined with a visit to the nearby Arab Fund Building. Alternatively, take bus 13 along Arabian Gulf St to the airport and get off at KPC, the steel and concrete headquarters of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC). As the road bends sharply inland from here, take the first lane on the left.