Are there free museums? Find out the most important museums near you in Jordan.
Thanks to the long and rich history of civilizations of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, there are many museums that contain among their holding’s artifacts, samples of natural history and contemporary art.
Of course, You would find Jordan’s museums near you, as most of them are concentrated in the capital, Amman, and Jordan’s museums are among the richest museums in the world in terms of their assets and the value of the historical treasures they contain.
Even if you go outside the capital, you will find many museums near you, as Jordan includes a large number of museums in each of its cities, from the capital Amman to various ancient cities and others, represented in heritage and historical museums in addition to various topics
The main and largest museum is the Jordan National Museum, which is located in the old neighborhood of the capital, Amman, and the exhibition halls occupy a large part of its building area of 10 thousand square meters, to display about one and a half million years of human existence on the land of Jordan, through thousands of artifacts that tell the story of Daily life through the ages, and the idea of establishing a national museum to display Jordan’s archaeological and heritage treasures came in the sixties of the twentieth century to turn into a public reality.
National Museum of Fine Arts
The National Gallery of Fine Arts The Royal Society of Fine Arts was established in 1979 AD, and the Society established the Jordanian National Gallery of Fine Arts, which opened in 1980 AD, in Amman
The museum includes a complex consisting of three buildings and a garden. The garden includes sculptures, a children’s playground, an outdoor theater, and a restaurant. Art and cultural events are held in the open air. It won the International Gold Award in Sustainability in 2016 presented by the Green World Organization, and it is an example of water scarcity gardens.
Jordan Archaeological Museum
The Jordan Archaeological Museum is located behind the Umayyad Palace in the famous antiquities of Jabal al-Qalaa in the Jordanian capital, Amman, and it is considered one of the tourist places in Jordan.
The exhibits date back to the period between prehistoric times until the 15th century AD, including the Iron and Bronze Ages. The exhibits, which include elements of daily life, have been arranged within a sequential time frame that highlights the developments of the ages throughout history.
The museum annually hosts educational programs, events, and social events, as well as cultural and artistic performances throughout the year. Since its opening, the museum has received more than 2.5 million visitors. This museum is a wonderful experience for you and your children, so do not miss visiting it.
In addition to educational facilities that include the library, the art studio, the invention lab, and the secret garden. After a fun learning tour that your little ones spent inside the museum, they will enjoy an entertaining time in the outdoor play area provided by the museum.
Museum of Costumes and Folk Traditions
The Museum of Popular Costumes in the city of Amman the Folk Museum of Costumes and Ornaments was established in 1971 AD. This museum was established on the eastern side of the Roman amphitheater in the center of the Jordanian capital. One of its most important goals is to collect Jordanian and Palestinian folklore from all regions on both banks of the Jordan River and from the rest of the Levant. With the aim of preserving and preserving this heritage from extinction and presenting it to future generations.
The Jordanian Museum of Folk Traditions was established in 1971 AD, and it aims to collect Jordanian and Palestinian folklore from all parts of Jordan, to protect and preserve this heritage and present it to future generations. The museum is also interested in presenting folklore to the world. The museum contains five exhibition halls, the first hall is dedicated to traditional costumes of the East Bank, and in the second hall, traditional jewelry and cosmetics from various regions in the East and West Bank are displayed, and the third hall contains a collection of Palestinian costumes and dresses, and in the fourth hall a collection of pottery and wooden utensils and food preparation utensils, as well as a collection of silver jewelry and wedding dresses from the West Bank, and the fifth hall, located in the basement of the Roman theater, includes a group of mosaics from the Byzantine churches in Jerash and Madaba
Umm Qais Antiquities Museum
This building in itself is a unique cultural tourism experience that takes the visitor from the present time to the period during which it was built and used.
The Umm Qais Museum is located within the archaeological site above the Acropolis of the ancient city of Gadara. It was built in the nineteenth century 1860 AD. This building belongs to the Al-Rousan family and was named (Bayt Al-Rousan) in their honor. The building of the museum consists of a spacious yard surrounded on all sides by a number of multi-purposes rooms
The most important characteristic of this museum is the famous phrase of the poet Arabius engraved on his tombstone: “Oh, passersby from here, as you are now, I was, and as I am now, you will be, so enjoy life because you are vanishing.”
Dar Al Saraya Museum
The Dar Al-Saraya Museum is located on the southern slope of the archaeological hill of Irbid. It is an old building dating back to the Ottoman period. A stone inscription above the
main gate refers to the year 1886 AD, the date when the building was transformed from the ruins of an old castle into the seat of the Ottoman ruler.
Irbid Archaeological Museum
It is located on the southern slope of the archaeological hill of Irbid within the oldest heritage building in the city and dates back to the Ottoman period, as it was built in 1886 AD on the Shami Hajj Road. Which was found in archaeological sites in Irbid Governorate, and it consists of seven halls surrounding an open courtyard in which there is a group of large stone pieces such as coffins, crowns, columns, and presses to express the city’s civilized, cultural, and artistic activity throughout the ages.
Madaba Folk Museum The idea of its establishment came to preserve the folklore of the city of Madaba and the surrounding villages. It includes a collection of ornaments and traditional costumes that tell the story of Madaba and the richness it carries within folklore.
It was established in 1979 in a group of old houses in which mosaic floors were found.
The ancient Petra Museum
One of the archaeological museums in the city of Petra in Jordan. It is located inside the natural rock within one of the Nabataean caves in Petra.
The museum was established in 1963. It consists of a main hall and two side rooms. Inside, it contains seven cabinets containing a collection of archaeological findings dating back to the Edomite, Nabataean, Roman and Byzantine periods, which were discovered in the city of Petra by foreign missions and excavations carried out by the Department of Antiquities.
The ascent to the museum is through staircases engraved in rock. The staircase is preceded by a stone monument of the Nabataean god Shushara.
The Story Heritage Museum is a huge cultural center located on Mount Nebo in the city of Madaba. It extends over a spacious area in which it presents the religious, historical, and cultural heritage of Jordan as a strategic link between different civilizations from the past to the present. Here you will find many models that simulate the most important historical buildings in the country and in countries of the Arab world, in addition to many important historical holdings. Visit here and discover the richness of the ancient land of Jordan and the heritage of all mankind.
Petra Nabataean Museum
The Nabatean Petra Museum is one of the most wonderful museums in Jordan. It is located at the beginning of the road leading to the monastery. It was officially opened on April 5, 1994, AD.
The museum consists in its design of three main halls, namely: “The First Hall”, which includes a beginning and a detailed introduction from the history of the Nabatean Kingdom and the charming geological drawings of Petra, in addition to many artifacts that represent the details of daily life, including the preparation of food in the Neolithic age and Likewise, Edomite pottery, Nabataean sculpture arts, and Nabataean water engineering, which was the best witness to that era.
As for the second hall, it is mainly devoted to archaeological findings from archaeological excavations, and is arranged according to their chronological sequence, starting from the white excavations dating back to the Neolithic era, from the geological and long foundations dating back to the Iron Age.
There are the most important museum Jordan, you would find it near you, some of it are free for Jordanians and some are not, any way it don’t cost much, have fun.