Jordan is a country that has been a crossroads for many different civilisations, so naturally it has a diverse history and art offering that will sate the keenest of culture seekers. Stretching far back into an ancient world, visitors can delve into the fascinating past, with Islamic and Arabic elements, as well as rub shoulders with the new contemporary crowd that are turning Amman into a new hub of modern creativity. Past and present, Jordan is a unique cultural melting pot that with surprise and delight you with its pride, passion and innovation.
GET A CONTEMPORARY ART HIT
If you’re an art aficionado looking to get a taste of the growing contemporary arts scene in Amman, then the hip enclave of Weibdeh should be your first port of call. There are a number of galleries tucked within the graffiti-clad streets in this new creative quarter of the city. Make sure to pit-stop at Wadi Finan for art with a good cause, we well as Darat al Funun and the Nabad Art Gallery which has a lovely terrace to pause and contemplate your Arab art learnings.
AMMAN DESIGN WEEK
Quality craftsmanship is something that has always ran deep in Jordanian culture, so it was only a matter of time before this was brought into the modern day. In the autumn of 2016, Jordan launched its first ever Amman Design Week, another sign of its burgeoning artistic community and a celebration of the more Jordan’s more contemporary craftsmanship. It became a platform for local and regional designers to showcase their work and design wares alongside exhibitions that provoked thought. Time your trip right for the next instalment and bag yourself some unique design pieces to take home.
GO GALLERY HOPPING
If it’s traditional arts that you’re after, the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts is a wonderful place to experience Jordanian painting, sculpture and pottery, and you will find that Jordan has a rapidly developing fine-arts scene. Located in Amman, spend an hour or two taking in contemporary art from around the Middle-East and the Muslim world. There are many temporary exhibitions that provide a great way of getting under the skin of Islamic art. There is also a lovely cafe with a gift shop, where you can relax after looking around the gallery.
VISIT A MUSEUM
Testament to the richness of Jordanian culture, you will find a whole host of museums to visit here. In these museums the legacy of many civilisations lives on and by visiting them you can start to trace the extensive historical past of this intriguing country, from the Romans and Ottomans through to the Nabataeans, Assyrians and beyond. There are lots of great museums to choose from, but some of our favourites include the Jordan Archaeological Museum, the Jordan Folklore Museum and the Exhibition of Arab Heritage and Recent Discoveries. Petrol heads should beeline to the Royal Automobile Museum, where King Hussein amassed an impressive collection of antique car and motorbikes.