Petra Museum
Petra Museum
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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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  • Rhodes
    London, United Kingdom193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent modern museum
    We had a morning after visiting Petra and visited this museum. It is excellent - modern with lots of interactive displays. Really helped cement the information we’d had from our guide, with some really interesting exhibits. Free too!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Doreen M
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for Petra enthusiasts
    A little above the visitor center is a very modern building, the size of which is impressive. You should not be deterred by this, the visit is worthwhile. The artifacts of the individual eras are presented very attractively. In each of the 5 exhibition rooms there are information panels, which give information in Arabic and English not only about the individual finds but also about the history of the Nabataeans and their importance. Conclusion: Recommendable, also for children very worth seeing. Admission is free, open until 8 pm.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 June 2023
  • James F
    Beirut, Lebanon1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant and engaging
    An excellent museum, with informative and engaging exhibits. Video kiosks along the way offer the opportunity to dive deeper if you wish. We visited the day following our trip into Petra itself, so we had a chance for a little R&R after the big trek in the sun.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
  • A.brady
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beware the gift shop out back
    Museum was excellent. Very well curated. I was in Wadi Musa for a week, so I went before I visited Petra and after. It was free to see the museum. However, the gift shop at the back of the museum sold me stamps to mail my postcards to Canada and the postcards never arrived - my guess is that they really do not know what to charge you and so just guess - I spent $25 CND on stamps there and none of the postcards arrived. BUYER BEWARE!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Athena Constantinou
    119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Modern museum of an ancient city!
    The Petra Museum, located just above the Visitor Centre, is a beautifully designed modern building that provides comprehensive information for a deeper understanding of the Nabataean civilization and the ancient city of Petra through an impressive collection of artefacts found in and around Petra, interactive digital signage, audiovisual films with 3D animations CG and full-size reconstruction models. The exhibition consists of five rooms with exhibits arranged thematically and chronologically, covering a period from the Stone Age to Roman rule. Admission is free, and even if you are not a big fan of museums, it's a great place to rest or meet with friends, as it's spacious, air-conditioned and equipped with benches.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Petra is one of the wonders of the world
    Petra is one of the wonders of the world. The museum has a vast collection of artefacts from Wadi Musa, which traces the history of Petra. You can spend hours here. By the way, the giftshop should not be missed, it has many interesting souvenirs.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • newflyer
    Bridgeport, Connecticut1,183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very comprehensive museum, and great A/C
    This museum is accessible either before or after you go into the Petra site. I did it with my guide after seeing the site and it was a welcome A/C environment because it was quite hot when I was here. We were the only folks in the museum so I think they need to publicize it more so folks know it is here.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Sea Dweller
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,681 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but very interesting museum!
    In 2019, Hussein, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Jordan, inaugurated the new Petra Museum in Jordan in Wadi Musa. The museum is located in a new building, which was built next to the main entrance to Petra. The permanent exhibition of the museum is the halls representing the history of the country from the Stone Age to the present. Lots of interactive installations. A visit to the Petra Museum is a good way to understand and feel the real life of the ancient Nabatean capital.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 9 August 2023
  • SussexSarah2014
    Nairobi, Kenya30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss it! Excellent museum.
    I went to the museum the afternoon we arrived in Wadi Musa, and am very glad I did. It explains so much about the whole area, the site, the people who lived (and still live) in and around Petra, and brought it to life so that on entry to Petra itself the next morning, I knew what we were looking at. The museum is very well laid out, with very high quality displays and interactive information stations - and good ac!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Modern Museum by Ancient Petra
    The museum is free to enter and has many Greek and Roman artifacts from Petra including several sculptures of Greek Gods. There is a good display that explains the history of the area as well and how long it took to form and who was there and when. There are quite a few tv screens that will play videos explaining the history. There are lots of signs to explain the artifacts in English as well. It is worth going in if you have time. The museum is located right beside the Petra Visitor Centre and has AC. Plan to spend about 30 minutes to an hour here.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
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Fredric John
Dubai, United Arab Emirates243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
My suggestion was visit the Petra Museum first before going into the Petra site itself so you’ll have the energy to digest the following information and history that it offers.

I love how the people who discovered the items inside. I also learned how the Roman influences the structures of how Nabateans are living from the past. It was an amazing experience. I was just bothered by fellow tourists who’s disrespectful and talking loudly inside.

It is also the site (behind the Petra Museum exit) where you can take a small shuttle going to Little Petra.
Written 6 March 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Petra was the center of the Nabatean empire, which was fabulously rich through trading in spices. They became immensely wealthy. The Petra Museum is in Wadi Musa. The collection has many precious objects, created by the Nabateans. The Petra Museum is quite spectacular, it's well worth the visit.
Written 7 November 2023
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Arno R
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Petra is much more than the famous picture, it is visiting an ancient world. You feel like being in a movie. We spend 2 full days, walking more than 30 km and did not see all. For sure the highlight of Jordanië. But don’t forget to visit more of this impressive country and its nice people.
Written 23 October 2023
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada2,244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The museum is free to enter and has many Greek and Roman artifacts from Petra including several sculptures of Greek Gods. There is a good display that explains the history of the area as well and how long it took to form and who was there and when. There are quite a few tv screens that will play videos explaining the history. There are lots of signs to explain the artifacts in English as well.

It is worth going in if you have time. The museum is located right beside the Petra Visitor Centre and has AC. Plan to spend about 30 minutes to an hour here.
Written 22 October 2023
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SussexSarah2014
Nairobi, Kenya30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I went to the museum the afternoon we arrived in Wadi Musa, and am very glad I did. It explains so much about the whole area, the site, the people who lived (and still live) in and around Petra, and brought it to life so that on entry to Petra itself the next morning, I knew what we were looking at. The museum is very well laid out, with very high quality displays and interactive information stations - and good ac!
Written 20 September 2023
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mgh1965
Coolum Beach, Australia650 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
After the exhausting trek into park , come visit the museum. It’s air conditioned with good toilets. They have lots of interesting artefacts to see.
Written 8 September 2023
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JLWK2015
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL452 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Very nice museum, wish we had gone before our tour. We visited after a long day. Great information and would have been helpful.
Written 1 September 2023
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Sea Dweller
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
In 2019, Hussein, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Jordan, inaugurated the new Petra Museum in Jordan in Wadi Musa. The museum is located in a new building, which was built next to the main entrance to Petra.
The permanent exhibition of the museum is the halls representing the history of the country from the Stone Age to the present. Lots of interactive installations. A visit to the Petra Museum is a good way to understand and feel the real life of the ancient Nabatean capital.
Written 9 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

newflyer
Bridgeport, CT1,183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This museum is accessible either before or after you go into the Petra site. I did it with my guide after seeing the site and it was a welcome A/C environment because it was quite hot when I was here. We were the only folks in the museum so I think they need to publicize it more so folks know it is here.
Written 8 August 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Petra is one of the wonders of the world. The museum has a vast collection of artefacts from Wadi Musa, which traces the history of Petra. You can spend hours here. By the way, the giftshop should not be missed, it has many interesting souvenirs.
Written 4 August 2023
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