Museum of the Armed Forces (Angola)

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The Museum of the Armed Forces (Portuguese: Museu das Forças Armadas) is located in Fortaleza de São Miguel de Luanda, in Luanda, Angola.

Founded in 1975, following the independence of Angola, the museum includes bi-motor airplanes, combat vehicles, and diverse arms and artifacts used during the Angolan War of Independence (1961–1974), the South African Border War (1966-1991), and the Angolan Civil War (1975–2002).

The museum also contains statuary which ornamented the avenues and plazas of colonial Luanda, which were removed after independence. These include the statue of Diogo Cão, the first European to set foot in Angola, of Paulo Dias de Novais, founder of the city of São Paulo da Assunção de Luanda, of Vasco da Gama, and of famous Portuguese poet Luís de Camões, among others.[1]

The museum grounds and outdoor exhibits, long in a delipidated state, underwent an extensive restoration project at some point between 1997 and 2013.[2]

List of Exhibits[edit]


Towed Artillery[edit]



  1. ^ "Account Suspended". Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "MUSEU NACIONAL DE HISTÓRIA MILITAR – ANGOLA | Operacional". 2015-10-13. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  3. ^ a b c "Wayback Machine" (PDF). 2015-10-13. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Operation Savannah: the rumurs and the answers". 2015-10-13. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 

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Coordinates: 8°48′27″S 13°13′23″E / 8.80750°S 13.22306°E / -8.80750; 13.22306