Petra Museum
Petra Museum
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Located at the main tourist street and only three minute walk from the main gate to Petra. Opening Times Location Online bookingOpening TimesWe are open seven days a week throughout the year from 10 AM to 11.30 PM2000 years ago Petra society was described as "half Bedouin, half farmer". The same description was given to Petra society at the beginning of the nineteenth century. A team of partners and specialists have spent almost 10 years developing the idea of this exhibition to create a better understanding of the history and anthropology of the area. No one can deny the fact that the history of Petra is still alive. To explore this idea, we invite you to this new and exciting exhibition where you can see and enjoy a cultural experience:• Petra in the eyes of the first photographers.• Traditional tools and instruments.• An unforgettable cultural experience.• Local produce available to try and buy.We are trying to make our history understandable and to bring it to life. To experience all this, come and visit the new Petra Life Exhibition for Traditional Heritage, which must be seen to be believed! EXHIBITION SECTIONSA: Arabian coffee sectionB: Water and wateringC: Animals dresses and decorative accessories sectionD: Bedouin tent and weaving techniques sectionE: Bread making sectionF: Traditional construction tools sectionG: Peasant house sectionH: Agriculture sectionI: Leather- manufactured items SectionJ: Shepherding sectionK: Traditional costume, jewelry and beautifying sectionL: weights and measures instruments sectionM: Lighting sectionN: Recreation section (games and music)O: Weapons, defense means and hunting tools and techniques sectionP: Photo gallery (Petra in the eyes of the old photographers)Q: Medication, herbal and spices sectionR: Incense and aromatics sectionS: Traditional food sectionT: Cooking pots section Petra's long history stretches back through antiquity, the remains of which can still be seen inside and outside the ancient city. This is confirmed in both historical and archaeological evidence, which is at hand for specialists and far away from ordinary persons. It became evident to the owners of this exhibition, who are native of Petra, that the society of Wadi Musa and tourists should not be isolated and must be incorporated in many cultural activities and events.Recent studies have shown that human patterns of life continued to be almost the same from the Nabataean period up to the end of the Ottoman period. From that time onwards, modern changes related to the globalization and social changes affected the community as well as lifestyles which led eventually to the loose of a considerable part of our heritage and traditions. If the situation continues as it is, the historical memory of the region will be erased gradually.It is a matter of fact that the visitors of Petra do not have full access to the cultural heritage of the region either tangible or intangible. They have access only to the archaeological site and all the information provided are relevant to the monuments of the city itself. Preserving and presenting other cultural heritage elements as tourism products seems to be a necessity since the Petra region lacks such important places. It is clear therefore that creating new attractions in Wadi Musa will help tourists enjoy the Jordanian cultural experience. The establishment of this exhibition will create this opportunity for the visitors of the archaeological site of Petra.We have created this permanent exhibition showing the history and heritage of the greater Petra region which is the only one of its kind in the southern part of Jordan to focus attention specifically on the heritage of our recent past. It represents a unique and valuable source of information and provides the perfect environment for visitors to explore a broad spectrum of topics related to the heritage of this part of the world during the last two centuries.
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  • Athena Constantinou
    96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Modern museum of an ancient city!
    The Petra Museum, located just above the Visitor Centre, is a beautifully designed modern building that provides comprehensive information for a deeper understanding of the Nabataean civilization and the ancient city of Petra through an impressive collection of artefacts found in and around Petra, interactive digital signage, audiovisual films with 3D animations CG and full-size reconstruction models. The exhibition consists of five rooms with exhibits arranged thematically and chronologically, covering a period from the Stone Age to Roman rule. Admission is free, and even if you are not a big fan of museums, it's a great place to rest or meet with friends, as it's spacious, air-conditioned and equipped with benches.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,447 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Petra is one of the wonders of the world
    Petra is one of the wonders of the world. The museum has a vast collection of artefacts from Wadi Musa, which traces the history of Petra. You can spend hours here. By the way, the giftshop should not be missed, it has many interesting souvenirs.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • newflyer
    Bridgeport, Connecticut1,223 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very comprehensive museum, and great A/C
    This museum is accessible either before or after you go into the Petra site. I did it with my guide after seeing the site and it was a welcome A/C environment because it was quite hot when I was here. We were the only folks in the museum so I think they need to publicize it more so folks know it is here.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Sea Dweller
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,940 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but very interesting museum!
    In 2019, Hussein, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Jordan, inaugurated the new Petra Museum in Jordan in Wadi Musa. The museum is located in a new building, which was built next to the main entrance to Petra. The permanent exhibition of the museum is the halls representing the history of the country from the Stone Age to the present. Lots of interactive installations. A visit to the Petra Museum is a good way to understand and feel the real life of the ancient Nabatean capital.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 9 August 2023
  • SussexSarah2014
    Nairobi, Kenya42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss it! Excellent museum.
    I went to the museum the afternoon we arrived in Wadi Musa, and am very glad I did. It explains so much about the whole area, the site, the people who lived (and still live) in and around Petra, and brought it to life so that on entry to Petra itself the next morning, I knew what we were looking at. The museum is very well laid out, with very high quality displays and interactive information stations - and good ac!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada7,825 contributions
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    Modern Museum by Ancient Petra
    The museum is free to enter and has many Greek and Roman artifacts from Petra including several sculptures of Greek Gods. There is a good display that explains the history of the area as well and how long it took to form and who was there and when. There are quite a few tv screens that will play videos explaining the history. There are lots of signs to explain the artifacts in English as well. It is worth going in if you have time. The museum is located right beside the Petra Visitor Centre and has AC. Plan to spend about 30 minutes to an hour here.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Arno R
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    the 1 million visitor in 2023 was registered at the first day of our petra experience, all will tell its wunderfull
    Petra is much more than the famous picture, it is visiting an ancient world. You feel like being in a movie. We spend 2 full days, walking more than 30 km and did not see all. For sure the highlight of Jordanië. But don’t forget to visit more of this impressive country and its nice people.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 October 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,447 contributions
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    Museum has many artefacts from the Nabatean empire
    Petra was the center of the Nabatean empire, which was fabulously rich through trading in spices. They became immensely wealthy. The Petra Museum is in Wadi Musa. The collection has many precious objects, created by the Nabateans. The Petra Museum is quite spectacular, it's well worth the visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Fredric John
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates848 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The amazing history of Petra
    My suggestion was visit the Petra Museum first before going into the Petra site itself so you’ll have the energy to digest the following information and history that it offers. I love how the people who discovered the items inside. I also learned how the Roman influences the structures of how Nabateans are living from the past. It was an amazing experience. I was just bothered by fellow tourists who’s disrespectful and talking loudly inside. It is also the site (behind the Petra Museum exit) where you can take a small shuttle going to Little Petra.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 March 2024
  • Alison B
    Bristol, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely little museum to enhance your Petra experience.
    Lovely little free museum, beautifully laid out with plenty of information that will enhance you trip inside the Petra site. We did it after visiting, as we chose to go into Petra itself very early as it opened, to have the Tresury largely to ourselves. Lots of local area information on touch screens including geology, flora and fauna we found it quiet, peaceful and very cool (very effective air con) around two pm on a Sunday. Don't miss it.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2024
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samantha l
45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
The museum took me about an hour but I love a museum and read everything you could easily do it in 20 minutes.

If you want to get the most out of Petra without a guide you should go first as it’s very informative and well done. It certainly showed me what to pay attention to in the water system and architecture.

It’s also cool, spacious and I believe from memory had level access.
Written 21 August 2022
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A.brady
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Museum was excellent. Very well curated. I was in Wadi Musa for a week, so I went before I visited Petra and after. It was free to see the museum.
However, the gift shop at the back of the museum sold me stamps to mail my postcards to Canada and the postcards never arrived - my guess is that they really do not know what to charge you and so just guess - I spent $25 CND on stamps there and none of the postcards arrived. BUYER BEWARE!
Written 10 July 2023
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Athena Constantinou
96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The Petra Museum, located just above the Visitor Centre, is a beautifully designed modern building that provides comprehensive information for a deeper understanding of the Nabataean civilization and the ancient city of Petra through an impressive collection of artefacts found in and around Petra, interactive digital signage, audiovisual films with 3D animations CG and full-size reconstruction models. The exhibition consists of five rooms with exhibits arranged thematically and chronologically, covering a period from the Stone Age to Roman rule. Admission is free, and even if you are not a big fan of museums, it's a great place to rest or meet with friends, as it's spacious, air-conditioned and equipped with benches.
Written 24 July 2023
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Kimmee K
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
This museum is a MUST if you visit Petra. We almost gave it a miss and I'm so glad we didn't. It displays artefacts that are literally thousands of years old and covers the history from 1500BC. The way it's laid out is very well organised and captivating. There are incredible mosaics and artefacts. It took us around 90mins and I took my time reading almost everything. This museum was a highlight of our trip.
Written 7 January 2022
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Fredric John
Dubai, United Arab Emirates848 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
My suggestion was visit the Petra Museum first before going into the Petra site itself so you’ll have the energy to digest the following information and history that it offers.

I love how the people who discovered the items inside. I also learned how the Roman influences the structures of how Nabateans are living from the past. It was an amazing experience. I was just bothered by fellow tourists who’s disrespectful and talking loudly inside.

It is also the site (behind the Petra Museum exit) where you can take a small shuttle going to Little Petra.
Written 6 March 2024
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Clarence D
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This is a small, but nice museum that gives a great overview and helpful information about Petra and the civilizations that inhabited the area over the 100's to 1000's of years. If you have the time, try to go through the museum before touring Petra. You will have better insight into what you are about to see. This is especially so for those who do not hire a guide.
Written 19 March 2022
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SussexSarah2014
Nairobi, Kenya42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I went to the museum the afternoon we arrived in Wadi Musa, and am very glad I did. It explains so much about the whole area, the site, the people who lived (and still live) in and around Petra, and brought it to life so that on entry to Petra itself the next morning, I knew what we were looking at. The museum is very well laid out, with very high quality displays and interactive information stations - and good ac!
Written 20 September 2023
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MatthewASharp
Torquay, UK2,448 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Irrespective that this museum is totally free of charge it’s quite an understated one. It’s a pity that wasn’t more busy. Unfortunately the visitors to Petra are blinded by the obvious

Normally I’d say that this museum would be a perfect place to visit on a rainy day in London. In Petra it’s the perfect excuse to look around on a blistering hot sunny humid day

Nicely presented with English signage too
Written 9 August 2022
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DaisyChain12
Hitchin, UK2,020 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
This museum is well worth a visit! It is just to the right before the Petra ticket office.
It has a great range of beautifully laid out exhibits and was really quite interesting.
It was also lovely and cool!
I would recommend setting aside some time to pop into here.
Written 16 August 2022
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newflyer
Bridgeport, CT1,223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This museum is accessible either before or after you go into the Petra site. I did it with my guide after seeing the site and it was a welcome A/C environment because it was quite hot when I was here. We were the only folks in the museum so I think they need to publicize it more so folks know it is here.
Written 8 August 2023
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