Jordan Art & Culture


Jordan Archaeological Museum

Situated on Amman's Citadel Hill, the museum houses an excellent collection of Jordanian antiquities, dating from prehistoric times to the 15th century. Special attention serve the Dead Sea scrolls, the copy of the Mesha Stele, erected by the Moabite King Mesha in 850 BC, four Iron-Age sarcophagi and the Neolithic statues of Ain Ghazal.
Opening hours: 9.00-16.00 in winter, 8.00-18.30 in summer, on Fridays and official holidays 10.00-18.00.

Jordan Folklore Museum

Located at the Roman Theater in downtown Amman, the museum presents the traditional Jordanian life, including costumes, home furnishings, musical instruments and handicrafts dating back to the 19th century. Other notable exhibits include a Bedouin goat-hair tent with rug weavings and household equipment, and replicas of traditional domestic interiors.
Opening hours: 8.00-16.00 in winter, 8.30-18.30 in summer
Opening Days: daily

Jordan Museum of Popular Tradition

Located in the eastern section of the Roman Theater, this museum displays the traditional costumes of Jordanians, including embroidery and antique jewelry, as well as domestic utensils. It also houses a collection of mosaics from some Byzantine churches in Jordan.
Opening hours: 8.00-16.00 in winter, 8.00-18.30 in summer
Opening Days: daily except Tuesday

Martyr's Memorial at Sports City

Located at Sport City Amman, the monumental building houses a chronological display of military memorabilia dating from the Arab Revolt of 1916 to the present.
Opening Hours: 8.00- 16.00
Opening Days: daily except Friday

Children Museum Jordan

The innovative Children's Museum at King Hussein Park, the biggest children's museum in the Middle East, combines hands-on learning with scientific knowledge. Exploring such themes as humankind, technology and the natural world, beckoning children from toddlers to early teens to discover, play and learn.
Opening Hours: 10.00-18.00 Friday -19.00
Opening Days: daily except Tuesday

Royal Automobile Museum

The Royal Automobile Museum, located in King Hussein Park in Amman, is the first public automotive museum in the Arab region. It serves as a tribute to the late King Hussein while showcasing part of Jordan's history. The museum displays 70 of the late King's cars and motorcycles, some dating as back as 1909 including a Lincoln, Ferraris, Packards and Rolls-Royces, Mercedes Benz, Porsches and Cadillac.
Opening Hours: 10.00-19.00 - Friday until 21.00
Opening Days: daily except Tuesday

Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts
 

Located at Al Muntazah, Jabal Al-Weibdeh, visitors find here a fine collection of over 2000 works. More than 800 artists from 59 countries, mainly in Asia and Africa, are exhibited including paintings, sculptures, installations and ceramics by contemporary Jordanian and Arab artists. The National Gallery of Fine Arts is one of the major art museums in the Middle East.
Opening hours: 10.00-13.30 and 15.00-18.00
Opening Days: daily except Tuesday

The Numismatics Museum Central Bank of Jordan

The central bank museum, King Hussein Street, holds a collection of over 2200 coins circulating in the Jordanian territory from the 5th century BC. It starts with Greek, Nabataean and Roman, early Islamic and Ottoman coins, then coins and banknotes of the Hashemite in Hejaz, Iraq and Syria, Egyptian and Palestinian coins before 1949.
Opening Hours: 8.00-16.00
Opening Days: Sunday - Thursday except national holidays

Darat Al Funun - Shoman Foundation

Darat Al Funun, the "Home of the Arts", is located at Jabal Luweibdeh in Amman and consists of three buildings from the 1920s. It established as an important meeting and information center for art in the Arab world and a venue for intercultural dialogue. It offers concerts, lectures, and a summer academy, four galleries with a total of 250 sqm, a research and video library, workshops and studios as well as guest residences for artists.

Dar Al Anda

Located in Jabal Luweibdeh, Dar Al Anda was created in 1998 as an art gallery with the intention to bring visual and auditory arts together through concerts, cultural activities and exhibitions. Goals of Dar Al Anda are to be a cultural centre for arts, support creative activities, protect the creative rights of the artist and to make contact with Arab and international art and culture groups.

Aqaba Archaeological Museum

The Aqaba Museum, located next to Aqaba Castle, is housed in the residence of Sherif Hussein Bin Ali, leader of the Great Arab Revolt. The museum displays an important collection from the Islamic site of Ayla, with items that date to the Rashidun, Umayyad, Abbasid and Fatimid periods. The collection shows also foreign pottery and coins left by ancient visitors.
Opening Hours: 8.00-18.30 in summer, 8.00-16.00 in winter
Opening Days: daily except Tuesday

Ajloun Archaeological Museum

This museum, established in 1993, can be found in Ajloun castle. It contains exhibits from the Neolithic to the Islamic period like flint tools and basalt objects, pottery, lamps, copper and bronze tools and several Arabic inscriptions.
Opening hours: 8.00-19.00 in summer, 8.00-16.00 in winter
Opening days: daily except Tuesday

Dead Sea Museum

This museum can be found in the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex, with spectacular views over the area. The museum highlights the origin, the geology, ecology as well as the future conservation of the Dead Sea. The use of panels, videos, documentary films and models help to clarify the conservation needs of the Dead Sea.
Opening hours: 9.00-16.00 in winter, 9.00-17.00 in summer
Opening days: daily except Tuesday

Irbid Archaeological Museum - Dar As Saraya

In the early sixties the Archaeological Museum was established in Irbid, now housed in the 19th century Ottoman building Dar As Saraya. The collection composes of various artefacts ranging from the Palaeolithic up to the Islamic periods with special topics such as metallurgy, sculptures, epigraphy and mosaics.
Opening Hours: 8.00-17.00 in winter, 8.00-19.00 in summer, Friday and holidays 10.00-16.00

Museum of Jordanian Heritage - Irbid

Located at Yarmouk University campus, the Museum of Jordan Heritage is part of the University's Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. The museum is considered as the finest archaeological museum in the country, exhibiting artefacts from the earliest origins of agriculture, combined with ethnographic displays.
Opening Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Opening Days: daily except Tuesday

Jerash Archaeological Museum

The Jerash Archaeological Museum was already established in 1923, and its collections span the archaeological periods in the area, from the Neolithic up to the Mamluk period. The museum houses large collections of pottery, glass, metals and coins, in addition to precious stones, figurines and statues, stone and marble alters, sarcophagi, and mosaics.
Opening Hours: 8.00-16.00 in winter, 8.00-18.30 in summer, Friday and official days 10.00-15.00

Kerak Archaeological Museum

The museum is located within the west wing of Kerak Castle, in a hall used as living quarters for soldiers in the Mamluk period. It houses remains dating from the Neolithic, Moabite, Nabatean up to the late Islamic and crusader periods. Some of the collections are remains of skeletons and pottery from the Bab ad-Dhra graves, Iron Age artefacts from Buseirah, Byzantine glass vessels and inscriptions, Roman and Nabatean artefacts from Rabbah and Qasr as well as articles dating from 6000 BC to the 14th century AD.
Opening hours: 8.00-16.00 in winter, 8.00-18.30 in summer
Opening days: daily except Tuesday

Madaba Archaeological Museum

This museum is part of the Archaeological Park in Madaba and was founded in 1974. It holds artefacts that have been recovered during excavations in many archaeological sites in the Madaba region. These artefacts consist mainly of pottery and glass vessels, metalwork, coins and mosaic floors. Their dates range from the Iron Age to the Islamic periods.
Opening Hours: 8.00-16.00 in winter, 8.00-18.30 in summer
Opening Days: daily except Tuesday

Mazar Islamic Museum

This small museum in the village of Al-Mazar, near Kerak, wants to highlight Islamic civilization and culture. It displays sculptures, ceramics, coins and photos of antiquities.
Opening hours: 8.00-16.00 in winter, 8.00-18.30 in summer
Opening days: daily except Tuesday

Petra Nabataean Museum

The museum is located in the rock city of Petra and consists of three exhibition halls. Visitors get to know here the history of the Nabataeans, the geology of Petra, the trade and the hydraulic engineering skills of the Nabataeans. Various artefacts are jewellery, coins, pottery and statues.
Opening Hours: 8.00-19.00 in summer, 8.00-16.00 in winter
Opening Days: daily except Tuesday

Petra Archaeological Museum

Situated in one of the Nabatean caves of Petra, the museum was established in 1963. It contains all objects found in Petra from the Edomite, Nabatean, Roman and Byzantine periods, with a focus on stone sculptures.
Opening Hours: 8.00 - 19.00 in summer, 8.00 - 16.00 in winter
Opening Day: daily except Tuesday

Umm Qais Archaeological Museum

The museum is located in the Beit Al Russan house within the ruins of Umm Qays. Visitors find here various ceramics dating from the Hellenistic up to the Islamic periods, along with finds from the tombs at Umm Qais. Besides statuary, mostly from the Roman period, basalt sarcophagi, column capitals, two basalt gates and mosaics are on display.
Opening hours: 8.00-16.00 in winter, 8.00-18.30 in summer
Opening days: daily except Tuesday

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