The Citadel's only modern building houses the National Archaeological Museum. Though small, the museum displays an important collection of statues, artefacts and other objects found within the citadel and all over Jordan. The collection comes from various periods dating as far back as 4000 BC through the Ammonite, Graeco-Roman, Byzantine and Omayyad epochs. Among the more important objects on display is one of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, brought over from Palestine after their discovery decades ago. The rest of the Dead Sea Scrolls were seized (another word for stolen?) by Israel from the Palestinian Archaeological Museum in East Jerusalem after the 6-day war in 1967 during which Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank. Both Jordan, which administered the West Bank and East Jerusalem until the war, and the current Palestinian government continue to claim the Dead Scrolls and demand that Israel return them to their rightful owners.
This is a small museum with an interesting collection of artefacts.
Most of the items are in glass cases but there are some things which can be walked around etc.
There are Roman, Nabatean, Neolithic, Byzantine, Islamic and Christian pieces including some Dead Sea Scrolls. Also, there is an 8000+ year old human on display and a number of funery artefacts.
Photography is allowed.
Access is up some steep steps so if you find walking difficult...
Would I visit here again? Yes, although my guide said that it could be moving to a new site.
Small but very interesting museum at Amman's Citadel. It worths a visit.
It contains several archaelogical pieces from different places in Jordan, and various periods, from Paleolithic to Middle Ages. It includes some primitve sculptures (claimed to be the first ever done by humans), Dead Sea scrolls and Nabatean godess' relieves.
Near the Temple of Hercules you can see this nice small museum. Inside it you can find very nice objects, from the shulls over 6000 years old to the nice Omayyade sculptures. Inside you can see also some Papyris of the Dead Sea dicovered in 1952.
Though only small, the Archaeological museum on the Amman's citadel contains a number of quite unique and important finds dating from pre-history through to Islamic times.
Among the really important artifacts are items from Teleilat Ghassul, a Chalcolithic site in the Jordan Valley that was one of the very first towns in the region including strange humanoid terracotta coffins and a frescoed wall.
Iron Age pottery, Greek coins, Roman glass and Mameluke grenades - evidence of the tide of history that has washed over this place. It really is worth an hour or so of your time.
The museum opens from 1000 -1330 and 1500-1800