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Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions

Wander through the exhibition halls of this museum that preserves Jordanian and Palestinian folk heritage via its collection of costumes, mosaics and more.  

While the Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions may be small, it has lots to offer those looking to find out about the culture of the region. Explore its five different galleries containing preserved pottery, costumes, mosaics, jewelry and other artifacts from daily living. 

The Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions was established in 1971. Since then, it has endeavored to make Jordanian culture accessible to all who visit through its beautiful displays of intricately designed cultural items. Find the museum just within the east section of the Roman Theater in Amman. The striking location alone makes it a must-visit. 

As you set off on your self-guided tour of the museum, start in the first hall, which holds traditional costumes from the East Bank. See the vivid colors that make the costumes stand out against the stone background of their cases. Appreciate the work that goes into designing the detailed accessories and stitching. 

Stroll into the second hall and find jewelry and cosmetic items that have been collected from different parts of the East and West Banks. See the gleaming silver of necklaces and bracelets and take note of the subtle differences between the styles. After you’ve finished here, continue on to see a display of Palestinian costumes.

Finish your exploration of the museum by going into the fourth hall, which is dedicated to artifacts from daily life including preserved pottery, cooking pots and other utensils used to prepare food. Here, you will also find some bridal dresses from the West Bank. Finally, see the mosaics from Byzantine churches in the last display, which is also a vault of the Roman Theater. 

Buy a ticket to the Roman Theater to gain entrance to the Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions. You can also go inside if you have bought a Jordan Pass that gives you access to multiple attractions across Amman. The museum’s opening hours vary depending on the season, so make sure to check ahead of time before visiting. Arrival is easiest on foot or by taxi. 


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