The Jordan Museum
The Jordan Museum serves as a widespread national centre for knowledge and learning that reflects Jordan’s history and culture, and presents the Kingdom’s historic, antique and heritage property as part of the ongoing story of the Kingdom of Jordan. It is a brand new museum which is unofficially opened since January 2014. Although people are permitted to visit, there is still last minute work in progress.
It is a very modern structure built with sandstone with a marbled courtyard. The funding was received from the Japanese and no costs were spared when they set the Jordan Museum up. With well marked exhibits in various languages and also using timelines to indicate its place in history, including interactive computers used by kids, it is definitely a world class museum.
The Dead Sea Scrolls collection is perhaps one of the most significant exhibits of this new museum. There are what is said to be the oldest statues in the world, dating back more than seven thousand five hundred years. As mentioned before, the exhibits are marked with timelines, which not only explains when the particular display was made, but also what was happening in the rest of the world during that time.
One of the favored exhibits is having your name written in different lanugues and scripts. You can pay to get a printout which can be kept as a souvenir. Imagine lounging on a Bedouin carpet, leaning on a traditional armrest, surrounded by the accoutrements for brewing a pot of their famous Arab coffee.
Once the museum will be in full function, it will exhibit on two floors and one would need about three hours to make the most of the visit to the Jordan Museum. The amount that will be charged for entrance fees is yet to be determined. People visiting since beginning January 2014 have not been charged any money to enter the museum.