The new Jordan Museum

The Jordan Museum is expected to open in June 2011.

The Jordan Museum has the following aims:

  • Research and documentation of Jordan’s archeology, folklore and modern history,
  • Education and information dissemination programmes to the public,
  • Collection, conservation and protection of artifacts and materials,
  • Exhibition, permanent or temporary, of artifacts and cultural heritage materials of Jordan.

The Archaeological and Historical Gallery is the largest gallery in the museum and will present Jordan’s history and culture from the Lithic Ages up to the Islamic periods (including the Rashidi and Ottoman Caliphates).

The Hebrew Dead Sea Scrolls are being moved from the old Jordan Archaeological Museum in Amman to this new museum.

It is to be hoped that some of the most important artefacts in the old museum will be moved as well, such as the Copper Scroll, the Balaam inscription and the tables and benches from Qumran.

This bench and table from Qumran are in need of conservation and deserve a better display. Photo: Leen Ritmeyer

The benches and tables were part of the Scriptorium at Qumran:

A reconstruction of the Scriptorium at Qumran showing the benches and tables in the upper story. © Leen Ritmeyer

3 thoughts on “The new Jordan Museum”

  1. i am from cameroon and interess jordan art and will like to visit the new jordan museum now i amin thailand cannot have visa from jordan ambassy in thailand .i need invitation letter from the museum . thank you

  2. Good info. Lucky me I found your site by accident (stumbleupon).
    I’ve bookmarked it for later!

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