Jordan // Amman //

The Jordan Museum

Southwest of the Husseini Mosque, King Talal Street and Saqf As Sayl meet at a large traffic intersection. To the south rises the hill of Ashrafiyyeh, while dead ahead (west), in the valley of the Sayl Amman, is an area known as Ras Al Ain (“Source of the Spring”). Here, just past an open colonnaded plaza known as Sahat Al Nakheel (“Palm Square”) featuring a public fountain at its centre, stands the large, new Jordan Museum, due to have opened by the time you read this (though the project has been running years late, so it’s hard to be sure). This sleek building houses the national archeological collection, as well as exhibits on Jordan’s history and the story of the Hashemite royal family; the exact layout, though, had not been finalized as this book went to press. Expect halls to be designed thematically, with interactive displays and a strong educational angle. Partnerships established with global institutions including the Louvre are likely to ensure world-class exhibitions.

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