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Jordan Folklore Museum

Learn about Jordanian culture across the country’s desert, villages, towns and cities by visiting this quaint museum featuring fascinating artifacts.

Discover the history and culture behind everyday Jordanian life at the Jordan Folklore Museum. As you walk around, see the tools, clothes and technology that the local people have used to develop their customs and adapt to the environment.

The Jordan Folklore Museum officially opened in 1975 as a place to preserve antiques and collections from the 19th and 20th centuries. It was founded by the Department of Antiquities. To visit the museum, head to the western section of the Roman Theater, as the museum is just inside.

Start by looking at the clothing, tools and instruments that show traditional Jordanian life. See the utensils used in the desert areas, marvel at local dresses made in the villages and view costumes used for special cultural events and religious gatherings in Amman.

Wander around the glass cases and see artifacts showing the ways that Jordanian people of the past have kept themselves entertained when not working. For instance, you’ll see a rababa, which is a one-stringed instrument, as well as looms used for weaving beautiful tapestries. Keep exploring until you find the weapons case holding artifacts relating to defense of the towns and cities.

Finish your visit to the Jordan Folklore Museum by finding the cabinet with tools from archaeological digs. The area is rich in history, which means that archaeologists have been digging and finding artifacts for decades. See the tools and brushes used to delicately unearth new discoveries, as well as the recording equipment that helps experts document the digs.

To gain entrance to the Jordan Folklore Museum, you will need to buy a ticket for the Roman Theater. Entrance is free with a Jordan Pass. Visit any day of the week, though keep in mind that hours do vary based on the day and the season so call ahead of time to help plan your trip. There are some restaurants and coffee shops nearby if you need to stop for a snack or a meal before or after your visit.


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