The “Story Teller of Jordan”
Presenting the history and cultural heritage of Jordan in a series of beautifully designed galleries, The Jordan Museum serves as a comprehensive national center for learning and knowledge that reflects Jordan’s history and culture, and presents in an engaging yet educational way the Kingdom’s historic, antique and heritage property as part of the ongoing story of Jordan’s past, present, and future. The exhibition includes information about the King’s Highway, such as the three kingdoms in Iron Age, Ammonite, Moabite and Edomite, and Roman road (Via Nova Traiana). Artifacts from sites along the King’s Highway, such as the Atargatis from Tannur, Zodiac relief from Dharih, and a replica of Mesha stele from Dhiban are on display. The Jordan Museum is a good starting point to explore the King’s Highway
Opening days: Daily except Tuesday
Opening hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (Daily except Friday)/15:00-18:00 (Friday/Summer season)/14:00-17:30 (Friday/Winter Season)
(Opening hour subject to change, please check opening hour in the website or Facebook page of the Jordan Museum)
Entrance fee: 5 JD (Non Jordanian)
Location: Ras al-‘Ayn (Ali Ben Abi Taleb St. No. 10),
Amman Downtown area
GPS (Main Gate) 31°56’43.4”N 35°55’33.5”E (31.945400,35.925967)
Google map website
The modern city of the Jordanian capital, Amman, was called Rabbath Ammon”, the capital of Ammonite Kingdom, in the Iron Age nearly 3,000 years ago. During the Classical times, it was known as “Philadelphia”, named in the 3rd Century BC after the Ptolemaic ruler Philadelphus. Since the Ummayad era, it was known as“Amman”. In the Amman Citadel, you will find the ruins through history, including ruins of the Rabbath Ammon,the Roman Temple of Hercules, the Byzantine Church, and the Umayyad Palace, bath and mosque. In downtown Amman, you will find the ruins of “Philadelphia”, such as the Roman Odeon, and the Nymphaeum that was dedicated to the Nymphs.
Amman Citadel: 8:00-18:30 (Summer), 8:00- 17:30 (April, May), 8:00-16:00 (Winter)
Roman Theater: 8:00-18:30 (Summer), 8:00- 17:30 (April, May), 8:00-16:00 (Winter)
Entrance fees: Amman Citadel: 3 JD, Roman Theater: 2JD (Non-Jordanian)
TEL: Amman citadel: 962- (0) 6-4638795
Amman Citadel (Entrance) 31°57’15.7”N 35°56’12.4”E (31.954347, 35.936766)
Roman Theater 31°57’06.6”N 35°56’21.4”E (31.951839, 35.939277)
Odeon 31°57’08.2”N 35°56’23.1”E (31.952290,35.939736)
Nymphaeum (No entry, view from outside only)
31°57’01.2”N 35°56’09.2”E (31.950332, 35.935874)
Citadel Roman theatre Odeon Nymphaeum
Jordan Folklore Museum/The Jordanian Museum of Popular Tradition
These museums introduce the traditional culture and heritage of Jordan, including the area along the King’s Highway. The exhibition theme contains:
Traditional culture and daily life in the desert Bedouin, in the village, and in the towns, mainly from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, by reconstruction of traditional life scene. Traditional costumes, jewelry and cosmetic items of the various areas in Jordan, daily life utensils used for food preparation, making bread, coffee and tea, music instruments, weapons, are on display.
Location: Inside the Roman Theater in downtown Amman
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00- 18:00, Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Entrance Fees: 2JD (Non-Jordanian/Included in Roman Theater Ticket)
GPS: 31°57’07.1”N 35°56’22.9”E (31.951969,35.939704)
Ammonite Tower of Rujm al-Malfouf
Built in the 7th century BC, this round structure, 20 m in diameter, was the watchtower of the Ammonite Kingdom. It served as a part of a defense system for the Ammonite Kingdom.
This tower was probably used as a signal tower as well.
Location: Near 3rd Circle (In front of the Department of Antiquity)
GPS: 31°57’28.1”N 35°54’15.8”E (31.957811, 35.904375)
Modern-day Hisban is widely identified with ancient Heshbon. It is narrated that Heshbon was ruled by the Amorite King of Sihon, to whom Moses asked permission to pass the King’s Highway. In the Roman and Byzantine period, Hisban was called Esbus. Here you can explore the ruins through time, such as the Iron age reservoir, the Roman public building, the Byzantine church and the private residents and the bath of Mamluk governor.
GPS: (Site Entrance) 31°47’59.9”N 35°48’27.2”E (31.799957, 35.807568)