At the entrance, the museum displays a collection of flags representing armored military units. Some of these units are still in-service in the Jordanian Armed Forces, while others exited or have been merged with former units. Behind the flags is Al Hussein tank, the current main battle tank serving in the Jordanian armed forces.
The protection of soldiers and cavalries has captured human attention since ancient times. Armies protected their knights by equipping them with armors. Even artists had a contribution to finding a way of armoring. Learn more about the origins of armoring in this hall.
More than hundred years have passed since the outbreak of the Great World War, the war that witnessed the use of the first tank in battle. WWI resulted in the disappearance of countries from the world map and the emergence of others, resulting in the death of more than ten million people between civilian and military.
One of the bloodiest wars in history, which resulted in millions of deaths from almost every part of the world. This hall displays the tanks that participated during the war from both the Allies and the Axis in their three main fronts. (North Africa, Europe and Russia).
The Great Grandfather of His Majesty King Abdullah II, Al Sharif Al-Hussein Bin Talal, Sharif of Mecca and the King of the Arabs launched his first shot announcing the start of the Great Arab Revolt. The Jordanian tribes joined Al Sharif and his sons the princes, declaring their support for them against Ottoman rule. In this hall, we tell the story of the revolution in time with the events of the First World War.
The Arab Legion has been described as a distinct army for its discipline and courage since its establishment in the 1930s. The Arab Legion, later known as the Jordanian Armed Forces, participated in the World War II and was an active participant in the stability of our region. In this hall, you will see some of the first vehicles used by the Arab Legion.
The Jordanian Armed Forces played the major role in protecting Jerusalem in 1948. The Jordanian soldiers made heroic sacrifices that Jordanians are still proud of. The Jordanian Armed Forces witnessed major victorious battles in while defending Jerusalem. Learn more about them in this hall.
A notable development of the Jordanian Armed Forces took place in the 50s and 60s of the last century; several tanks and military vehicles were brought into service, and the amendment began to suit the needs of the army. Know about the developments in the Jordanian armed forces when you visit this hall.
The Jordanian victory in Karamah Battle was a decisive point in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the result of this battle changed the political and military perspectives of the conflict back then. The battle perceived heroic stories of the Jordanian Armed Forces, which were linked to every Jordanian house. In this hall we present many stories and vehicles that participated in the Battle of Karamah.
Jordan played a major role in the Arab Israeli wars, either by direct battles, or by supporting Arab forces. Jolan war in 1973 is of the examples. Know more about the Arab Israeli wars in this hall.
You will discover in this hall the three most important stages of the life of His Majesty King Abdullah II and the vehicles he used during his military service.
Operating inside the tank is one of the most difficult military tasks due to the limited space which results in the difficulty of moving. Imagine being inside a tank to appreciate the sacrifice soldiers are giving their homelands.
The Armored Reconnaissance Vehicles were used in the armored formation in WW2 to go forward in enemy territories to observe and report enemy activities; also they were used to guide troops during movement and also used by artillery forward observation officers. During WW2 armored reconnaissance vehicles were generally wheeled armored cars which were small in size and lightly armored with crew of 2 to 3 men. The most famous vehicles in WW2 were Dingo scout car for UK, M8 Greyhound and M24 Chaffee for USA and BA 64 for USSR. After WW2 armored reconnaissance vehicles became mostly tracked vehicles with large gun as main weapon or ATGM and they became an active weapon in the battle fields. The most famous vehicles after WW2 were Scimitar and Fox for UK, M551 Sheridan for USA and BRDM 1 and PT 76 for USSR.
Tank destroyers are armored vehicles equipped with weapons dedicated for destroying tanks. They were widely used during the WW2 supporting the armed forces during operations.Tank destroyers have the abilities to destroy heavy armored vehicles in long ranges. Most of the tank destroyers does not have a turret but a gun on the hull of the tank which leave them with very little manoeuvring abilities where the destroyer has to turn completley to take position.The German Jagdpanther is one of the most famous destroyer during WW2. During the cold war the tank destroyers were replaced by other anti tanks weapons.
This hall gives its visitors the chance to experience a battle by incorporating the tanks displayed with imaginary sceneries of war.
After the end of World War II, the world has been split into East (WARSAW) lead by the USSR and the West (NATO) lead by USA. This split became to be known as the Cold War (1945-1991). In this hall, you know the tanks of the eastern and western camps.
Jordan has a prominent role in the field of military manufacturing. This role was received with the direct attention of His Majesty the Supreme Commander of the Jordanian Armed Forces, King Abdullah II. Jordan Design and Development Bureau was the result of this interest. It presents creative designs and military tools used by many countries. Know the story of the bureau when you visit this hall.
The gift shop offers souvenirs and clothes related to the military life. Visit the store at the end of your tour and ask about any offers available for the day. Jordan Design and Development Bureau was the result of this interest. It presents creative designs and military tools used by many countries. Know the story of the bureau when you visit this hall.
The World of Tanks game offers a unique experience for visitors through giving them a chance to examine some of the tanks they saw in display through an actual tank battle. The museum offers the game free to all visitors.