Museums in Amman
Jordan Archaeological Museum
A small museum located at the Citadel that houses an excellent collection of antiquities ranging from prehistoric times to the 15th Century. Four exhibits are particularly worth viewing:
- A collection of Dead Sea Scrolls found in 1952; one tells of treasure hidden on the west bank of the Jordan River.
- The Neolithic limestone statues of Ain Ghazal, which are linked to advances in pro-technology.
- A copy of the Mesha Stele or Moabite Stone, proudly erected by the Moabite King Mesha in 850 BC to celebrate his numerous victories over the Israelites.
- Four rare Iron-Age anthropomorphic sarcophagi of striking cocoon-like design, which give an insight into ancient burial practices.
Hours 9:00 - 17:00 in winter, 9:00 - 19:00 in summer, except on Fridays and official holidays 10:00 - 18:00
Jordan Museum of Popular Tradition
At the other end of the Roman Amphitheater stage, this museum displays the traditional costumes of Jordan's people, including lovely embroidery and beautiful antique jewelry, as well as domestic utensils. It also houses a collection of mosaics from Madaba and other Byzantine churches in Jordan.
Hours 9:00 - 17:00
Jordan Folklore Museum
At one end of the Roman Amphitheater, this fascinating museum presents a recreation of traditional Jordanian life, including costumes, home furnishings, musical instruments and handicrafts dating back to the 19th century.
See a Bedouin goat-hair tent with rug-weaving and household equipment, and replicas of typical domestic interiors.
Hours 9:00 - 17:00
Museums at the University of Jordan
The University of Jordan has several small museums of various subjects, including archaeology (excellent antiquities from the Bronze Age to the Islamic period), anthropology, folklore and medicine/biology.
Hours Sun-Thu 8:00 - 17:00
Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts
Located at Al-Muntazah in Jabal Al-Lewaibdeh. A fine collection of paintings, sculptures, and ceramics by contemporary Jordanian and Arab artists, as well as work by artists of other Muslim countries.
Hours 10:00 - 13:30 and 15:00 - 18:00, closed Tuesdays
The monumental building located at Sports City houses a chronological display of military history and memorabilia since the Great Arab Revolt of 1916 to the present.
Hours 9:00 - 16:00