Petra Museum



There are two museums in the city of Petra, the first known as the Old Petra Museum, and the second museum in the Pink City is the Nabatean Petra Museum.


Petra Museum is located in Tourism St., Petra - Wadi Musa Jordan.

The museum is one of the most famous tourist places in Jordan. It contains more than 250 artifacts displaying the history of this city and depicting the life of the Nabateans who ruled Petra during the past. You can also find Nabatean coins, Nabatean pottery, and elephant crowns displayed here, making it one of the best places to visit in Jordan.

There are two museums in the city of Petra, the first of which was established in 1963 under the name of the Old Petra Museum. It is located in a cave in one of the rocky mountains overlooking the city center. It consists of the main hall and two side rooms. Inside, it contains a number of display cabinets that include a large group of archaeological assets that date back To the Edomite, Nabataean, Roman, and Byzantine periods that were discovered in the city of Petra during excavations carried out by a number of foreign archaeological missions in cooperation with the Department of Antiquities, in addition to a number of pieces of architectural decoration and stone carvings found in the city.

The second museum in the Pink City is the Nabatean Petra Museum, which was opened by the Department of Antiquities in 1994. It is located in the center of Pink City also and near the other museum. It consists of three main halls.

The first hall

It includes an introduction hall on the history of the Nabateans and the geology of Petra, in addition to artifacts related to the Neolithic period.

The second hall

It is dedicated to the finds from the archaeological excavations and arranged according to their chronological sequence, starting with the Bayda excavation dating back to the Stone Age, its Tawilan excavation dating back to the Iron Age, the Zantour excavation, which revealed late Roman Nabatean homes, and the Zaraba excavation, which revealed Nabatean pottery kilns dating to the end of the first century BC until the century BC. The sixth AD, the excavation of the Nabataean Winged Lions Temple, the Qasr al-Bint excavation in the middle of Petra, the Great Temple, and pieces belonging to the excavation of the Byzantine church.

The third hall

It contains a group of pottery beds according to the development of their industry, bronze and pottery statues, colored and regular dishes, coins, ornaments, and jewelry, in addition to some pottery pieces and jars of different sizes.

The museum contains about 600 artifacts displayed in the display cabinets.