Al Qurain Martyrs Museum
Al Qurain Martyrs Museum
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M. Zaidi
Toronto, Canada265 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Place that reminds us of the events of 90s. Its in the middle of a current neighbourhood so don't be surprised if you are driving and GPS brings you into a current neighbourhood.

It is a place that is a memory of a war, so its not for everyone.

I would suggest 30 minutes max for this attraction, so definitely plan to do other things on the day you are visiting this museum.
Written 18 August 2022
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Terence W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I had an amazing experience visiting this memorial museum on Liberation Day. The plight of the Martyrs happened a few months before I was born, so visiting shortly after the 32nd anniversary of Kuwait's liberation felt extra special and relevant.

The house has been well preserved and stands as a powerful monument of sacrifice for freedom, and is quite something to behold in an otherwise ordinary neighbourhood. But what made the visit special was the interactions I had with visitors and staff, who were keen to share the history and explain what happened to me in surprisingly fluent English. Not only this, but I received help with travel directions and local transport information. To top my visit, the widows of a few of the Martyrs were serving coffee and cakes, which were delicious, and made me feel very welcome. All of this after free entry! Definitely a must-visit museum!
Written 7 March 2024
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Mark J
Reston152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
This historic site is the location of the battle for the Qurain House by 19 members of the Al Messilah Group (Kuwait Liberation Forces). I was met by a museum guide who only spoke Arabic but very kindly provided me with a booklet that explains the battle that took place at this location on 24 Feb 1991, just days before Kuwait was liberated. It was worth taking 5 minutes to go through the booklet in order to gain some understanding before walking through the house (there are actually three houses that were destroyed). There are descriptions of what happened in different parts of the main house in English and Arabic but in some cases the signs had faded. At first glance, I asked myself what are these rusty, old vehicles doing around the house, but then I realized they are the actual vehicles that were used by the Iraqi Forces and Intelligence elements. The quality of my visit was enhanced because there was a bi-lingual Kuwaiti who was kind enough to translate for the museum guide. The cost for entrance and the guidebook is free. This location was difficult find so I am attaching a map. The location is House 61, 3rd Street, Block 4, in Al-Qurain. I have attached a map. I hope this helps. Enjoy!
Written 25 April 2015
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junior1907
Istanbul, Türkiye1,96,303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
This is the home of gruesome battle which took about 10 hours and so between invading İraqi troops and some of Kuwaiti freedom fighters.Now this house is serving as a Museum to the memorial for those who have lost during İraqi occupation.Very good to see this place which is full of remainders from the battle.Strongly recommended to see this Museum.
Written 10 January 2015
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Rupert
Comignago, Italy60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
I was both deeply moved and impressed by this monument to the brave men of Kuwait. Well worth a visit. I understand the defenders of the house were from mixed religious sects - Sunni, Shia, Christian, and not all were Kuwaitis through family roots. In addition to the patriotic bravery, that is a fine testament to Kuwait's diversity and ability to welcome newcomers.

Some helpful hints:
1) I did not find the house hard to find. Sure, it is tucked away in a residential area, but a GPS takes you straight there and it is well sign-posted.
2) if you go with an Arabic speaking friend, the curator / attendant is very engaging and will tell you about the place, but he only speaks Arabic. Copies of Iraqi orders displayed in the house sometimes do not have English translations- most do.
3) Not only is entry free, but you receive a small well-styled brochure.
4) Please realise the Kuwaitis regard the house as a tomb, and do not photograph inside the house.
5) Do visit. You will not be disappointed. A very moving story. A visit would be in my top three things to do in Kuwait (along with a dhow sail and an appreciation of old and new architecture).
Written 3 June 2016
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Ghanim A
Kuwait City, Kuwait2,12,046 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
Great but needs more attentions
Nice to remember the history of our country
Through visiting Al Qurain Martyrs Myseum
Very well organized but needs more attentions
For the continuous of their job
Written 24 November 2015
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XEagleDriver
Columbia, SC68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
Others have nicely outlined what the Al Qurain Martyrs Museum is about, so I will describe my impressions, and add a bit on the logistics of getting too it.
The museum is relatively well preserved, I hope the Kuwaiti government gives it some needed attention before the 25th Anniversary next year (2016) of the events memorialized here. You definitely get a somber feeling while walking through the three main areas. On the first floor there are three or so rooms with lots of shell and bullet holes. A few more rooms on 2nd floor and markers where several of the Kuwaiti fighters died. 2nd floor also offers a moving view of a Kuwaiti flag through a destroyed wall and of a Iraqi tank across the street. Lastly, are the set of exhibits in the newer Research Area including; a mural of the events, portraits of the fallen, weapons from the conflict, and most disturbingly Iraqi military letters detailing their ill intent to strip the schools (even primary), destroy/burn homes, and kill Kuwaiti citizens. It takes about 30-60 minutes to do justice to the rooms and displays.
Logistically, if just on a short visit to Kuwait strongly advise using a taxi vice driving (a bit nuts here) and having to find it off the beaten path in a residential area. If in Kuwait for a while/comfortable driving here, it is not too bad: From the 40 Freeway take the Hwy 250 exit and go East (towards the Gulf), first left onto Hwy 201 (North), 90 right at first traffic circle onto Hwy 202 (East), 90 right again at first traffic circle onto 1st Street (South), first left and you are there! Hope this helps other have a chance to appreciate this small but well laid out, and historically significant museum. Suitable for school age children (~7-8 or older).
Written 31 March 2015
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Corinne D
Annecy, France55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
I found the location easily enough on Google Maps. It's located down the east coast, roughly 25 kms as the crow flies, south of the downtown area. It's just to the east of highway 40 and to the north of highway 7.

It consists of a shot-up house with a tank and some shot-up vehicles. The museum was free of charge and I was presented with an English language booklet which clearly explained the story behind what happened on 24 february 1991.

I dismissed the offer of an impromptu Egyptian guide who wanted to rush me around the site, and took the time to read the booklet fully before venturing inside. I think this is very necessary as, otherwise, one would not be able to soak up the atmosphere and vibes of this place.

The debris has been removed and all that remains is the walls, pockmarked everywhere by bullet and shell holes. You are free to wander around 3 floors and go onto the roof. The sheer simplicity of this place and its natural state is very poignant indeed. I think what would make it even more so would be if the position of each of the bodies had been traced on the ground where they had lain, with the name marked.

Further inside is an actual museum, very small but very interesting with guns, a hand grenade, shrapnel, clothing and official notices issued by the Iraqi authorities to destroy Kuwaiti opposition. The exhibits are translated into approximate English but perfectly comprehensible.

Outside are several vehicles with bullet holes, left in exactly their original state, although obviously the elements have more or less done away with the upholstery. Two belonged to Iraqi intelligence and two to the owners of the house.

I would definitely recommend a visit, especially as there isn't much else to visit in Kuwait !
Written 29 November 2017
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traveler3747
London, UK10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
It did really impress me to listen to the history behind the house during the Iraqi Invasion. The museum is has left the house almost in its original status just after the war, which gives you a quite accurate idea of what happened. Worth visiting.
Written 27 April 2017
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PeterAZ
Scottsdale945 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
This is the once beautiful home of a citizen who with colleagues dared to stand up to defend his country against one of history's great tyrants - Sadam Hussein. When numerous Iraqi soldiers couldn't defeat the tweet or so men holed up here they actually brought in a Russian tank and fired enormous shells until they had killed most and then captured and tortured the rest before killing them. The house has so many large bullet holes and huge gaps in walls where shells pierced it's a wonder it is still standing.
Written 25 April 2016
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