The artifacts at this museum, which is housed in the old home of Sharif Hussein bin Ali, were found during excavations in the Aqaba area and range in date from the middle of the 7th millennium BC to the start of the 12th century AD. The ceramic and steatite jars discovered in Islamic Ayla are particularly significant. It serves as the city of Aqaba’s official archaeological museum in Jordan.
The museum is situated next to the Aqaba Flagpole and the old Aqaba fort in the city’s historical district.
The Hashemite dynasty’s founder, Sharif Hussein Bin Ali, resided in the edifice, which was constructed immediately after World War I in 1917 and now houses the museum. The museum was founded in 1989 and was launched on January 1st, 1990.
The museum displays objects from the Bronze Period that date back to 4000 BC and were just recently uncovered at the Tall Hujayrat Al-Ghuzlan archaeological site close to Aqaba. The Tall Hujayrat al-Ghuzlan settlement’s finding offers crucial evidence that Aqaba is among the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the area with a thriving copper output.
A collection of items from the early seventh century AD to the seventh century are also kept at the museum. Some of the most well-known items in the museum’s holdings are a massive Quranic verse inscription that was affixed to the city’s eastern entrance in the ninth century, as well as golden coins from the Fatimides and other coins from the Segelmasa dynasty.
Sunday –Thursday 08:00 – 17;00
Friday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00
Sunday –Thursday 08:00 – 16:00
Friday – Saturday 10:00 – 16:00