Jordan Archaeological Museum

The Jordan Archaeological Museum is located in the Amman Citadel of Amman, Jordan. Built in 1951,[1] it presents artifacts from archaeological sites in Jordan, dating from prehistoric times to the 15th century. The collections are arranged in chronological order and include items of everyday life such as flint, glass, metal and pottery objects, as well as more artistic items such as jewelry and statues. The museum also includes a coin collection.

Jordan Archaeological Museum
متحف الآثار الأردني
Entrance to Jordan Archaeological Museum, Amman.jpg
Museum entrance, 2009
Jordan Archaeological Museum is located in Jordan
Jordan Archaeological Museum
Location within Jordan
Established1951; 71 years ago (1951)
LocationCitadel Hill, Amman
Jordan Jordan
Coordinates31°57′14″N 35°56′03″E / 31.9540°N 35.9343°E / 31.9540; 35.9343
TypeArt museum, Design/Textile Museum, Historic site
DirectorAbdul Rahim Al Dwaikat

The museum formerly housed some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, including the only copper scroll, which are now on display in the newly established Jordan Museum, along with the Ain Ghazal statues, which are among the oldest statues ever made by human civilization.[2]


The museum was established in 1951 on top of Amman's Citadel Hill, among the remains of the Citadel in the heart of the city. A branch of the museum was established in East Jerusalem, which was under Jordanian rule prior to the 1967 war.[citation needed][dubious ] Once East Jerusalem fell to Israel in 1967, the museum lost all of its collection in the Jerusalem branch including most of the Dead Sea Scrolls.[citation needed][dubious ]


ruins of the Roman Temple of Hercules on Citadel Hill

The museum is located in the Amman Citadel in Amman, one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. Two historic sites are nearby on top of the hill, the Roman Temple of Hercules that dates back to the 2nd century, and an Umayyad palace that dates back to the 8th century. Prior to 1967, the museum had a branch in East Jerusalem.

Dead Sea Scroll 4Q175

Time periods representedEdit

The collections of the museum belong to the following periods:

See alsoEdit