Petra Museum

Petra Museum, Petra - Wadi Musa: Address, Phone Number, Petra Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Petra Museum
Located at the main tourist street and only three minute walk from the main gate to Petra. Opening Times Location Online bookingOpening TimesWe are open seven days a week throughout the year from 10 AM to 11.30 PM2000 years ago Petra society was described as "half Bedouin, half farmer". The same description was given to Petra society at the beginning of the nineteenth century. A team of partners and specialists have spent almost 10 years developing the idea of this exhibition to create a better understanding of the history and anthropology of the area. No one can deny the fact that the history of Petra is still alive. To explore this idea, we invite you to this new and exciting exhibition where you can see and enjoy a cultural experience:• Petra in the eyes of the first photographers.• Traditional tools and instruments.• An unforgettable cultural experience.• Local produce available to try and buy.We are trying to make our history understandable and to bring it to life. To experience all this, come and visit the new Petra Life Exhibition for Traditional Heritage, which must be seen to be believed! EXHIBITION SECTIONSA: Arabian coffee sectionB: Water and wateringC: Animals dresses and decorative accessories sectionD: Bedouin tent and weaving techniques sectionE: Bread making sectionF: Traditional construction tools sectionG: Peasant house sectionH: Agriculture sectionI: Leather- manufactured items SectionJ: Shepherding sectionK: Traditional costume, jewelry and beautifying sectionL: weights and measures instruments sectionM: Lighting sectionN: Recreation section (games and music)O: Weapons, defense means and hunting tools and techniques sectionP: Photo gallery (Petra in the eyes of the old photographers)Q: Medication, herbal and spices sectionR: Incense and aromatics sectionS: Traditional food sectionT: Cooking pots section Petra's long history stretches back through antiquity, the remains of which can still be seen inside and outside the ancient city. This is confirmed in both historical and archaeological evidence, which is at hand for specialists and far away from ordinary persons. It became evident to the owners of this exhibition, who are native of Petra, that the society of Wadi Musa and tourists should not be isolated and must be incorporated in many cultural activities and events.Recent studies have shown that human patterns of life continued to be almost the same from the Nabataean period up to the end of the Ottoman period. From that time onwards, modern changes related to the globalization and social changes affected the community as well as lifestyles which led eventually to the loose of a considerable part of our heritage and traditions. If the situation continues as it is, the historical memory of the region will be erased gradually.It is a matter of fact that the visitors of Petra do not have full access to the cultural heritage of the region either tangible or intangible. They have access only to the archaeological site and all the information provided are relevant to the monuments of the city itself. Preserving and presenting other cultural heritage elements as tourism products seems to be a necessity since the Petra region lacks such important places. It is clear therefore that creating new attractions in Wadi Musa will help tourists enjoy the Jordanian cultural experience. The establishment of this exhibition will create this opportunity for the visitors of the archaeological site of Petra.We have created this permanent exhibition showing the history and heritage of the greater Petra region which is the only one of its kind in the southern part of Jordan to focus attention specifically on the heritage of our recent past. It represents a unique and valuable source of information and provides the perfect environment for visitors to explore a broad spectrum of topics related to the heritage of this part of the world during the last two centuries.
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Elizabeth W
3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Must see modern, uses all the latest audio visual systems, intelligent, easy to access for all levels of knowledge. Huge multi million museum funded and supported by the Japanese who know how to do these things
Written 12 April 2022
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Clarence D
56 contributions
Feb 2022
This is a small, but nice museum that gives a great overview and helpful information about Petra and the civilizations that inhabited the area over the 100's to 1000's of years. If you have the time, try to go through the museum before touring Petra. You will have better insight into what you are about to see. This is especially so for those who do not hire a guide.
Written 19 March 2022
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Lindsay R
51 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Very informative, and free, museum. There were wall signs and screens with lots of good historical information that we enjoyed. You could easily spend a few hours to read everything.
Written 14 March 2022
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Berlin, Germany101 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Went with pretty low expectations. There are not many artifacts but the many touch screen displays provide a wealth of knowledge about the history and culture of Petra. Took us about 2.5 hours. If you only look at the artifacts on display, can do it in under and hour.
Written 17 January 2022
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Kimmee K
10 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
This museum is a MUST if you visit Petra. We almost gave it a miss and I'm so glad we didn't. It displays artefacts that are literally thousands of years old and covers the history from 1500BC. The way it's laid out is very well organised and captivating. There are incredible mosaics and artefacts. It took us around 90mins and I took my time reading almost everything. This museum was a highlight of our trip.
Written 7 January 2022
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Daniel W
London, UK1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Couples
Very nice museum with interesting and informative displays. Great external architecture and very pleasant space internally. Only marked down 1 star because the gift shop was closed and the toilets were not well looked after.
Written 6 September 2021
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2,656 contributions
Jan 2020
I first visited the museum a month after it opened in 2019. It didn't have much in terms of artifacts so I returned in January 2020 thinking the staff had enough time to set up the displays for what I thought were artifacts that may have been hiding in the back rooms. Nope. When I asked locals I had befriended during my trips to Jordan, "where's all the stuff?" They jokingly (and serious at the same time) responded "it's in people's homes." International archaeological teams have been partnering with Jordanians for over 100 years off and on at the Petra site (work is still ongoing). Many items have been excavated by these teams as well as by the floods that occur about every 1-2 years that uncover hidden gems (knives, coins, etc.) I do not know if this is true or not but enough people have told me about it that found items disappear and are on display in some peoples' homes - they rationalize that it is part of their heritage as Bedouin and therefore entitled to them.

While the museum itself is impressive - a shared venture with the Japanese government (i.e., the Japanese paid for most of it) - there isn't much inside. The building is influenced by Japanese architecture. Inside, it is simple with clean lines. There are about 5 rooms that you walk through. Most of the stuff is what you will find in other museums across Jordan (The Jordan Museum, the Roman Theater museums, etc.) There is a lot of empty space for a large building (another reason why I thought more items would be displayed). I am under the impression there is a lot of space (back rooms and other levels) that is not available to visitors.

There is nothing distinct to see (no "must see") but if you are in the area, I'd recommend going especially since it is free and only a few steps from the entrance of the Petra Visitor's Center. The hours are 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM. The first time I went I read all the story boards and placards and it took me less than 45 minutes to walk through. The second time was less than 30 minutes (all depends on how interested you are and how much you have seen before). The museum claims there are over 280 artifacts; I find that hard to believe. If you do not have time to visit, I wouldn't worry about it. You won't miss anything.
Written 29 June 2020
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Victoria, Canada89 contributions
Mar 2020
There used to be a small museum near the restaurant area of the Petra site. With the April 2019 opening of the Japan funded Petra Museum, visitors now have an excellent additional and complimentary experience to visiting the ancient site. Objects and statues, which were found in and near the site can now be examined up close. Video and text panel provide additional information. By the way, it is free and located near the entrance to the site, and therefore very accessible
Written 29 April 2020
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Portland, OR12 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Absolutely one of the best museums I have ever visited. Extremely informative and engaging, thought-provoking, beautifully designed, cutting edge, free, and fascinating. You could easily spend a whole day here, but half is probably sufficient.
Written 11 March 2020
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San Francisco, CA2,708 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This modern museum with artifacts and multimedia explanations of the life and times of the Nabatean peoples will only take 30 minutes and is a good intro to what you will see on the walk to the Petra Ravine
Written 10 March 2020
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