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Petra Museum

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Petra Museum

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If you have time for one side trip from Amman, make it Petra. Carved 2,300 years ago by the Nabataeans, this southern Jordan UNESCO-listed rock city is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. This private tour whisks you there and back in a day by private air-conditioned vehicle and with an itinerary customizable to your wishes. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included, with optional local guiding at Petra at own expense.
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LegalRover wrote a review Jun 2020
1,220 contributions129 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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PaulaSwart wrote a review Apr 2020
Victoria, Canada89 contributions34 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: March 2020
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matteshpatz wrote a review Mar 2020
Portland, Oregon12 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Samosababa wrote a review Mar 2020
San Francisco, California2,623 contributions160 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Brian M wrote a review Mar 2020
Montrose, United Kingdom1,558 contributions414 helpful votes
Visiting the museum helps put Petra in perspective. It provides the history of the site and its founders, the Nabatean.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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