Madaba Museum

Lonely Planet review

Housed in several old Madaba residences, some highlights of this museum include a 6th-century mosaic depicting a naked satyr, a saucy (and partially damaged) mosaic of Ariadne dancing with cymbals on her hands and feet, and a mosaic in the courtyard depicting two rams tied to a tree – a popular image recalling Abraham’s sacrifice.

Spare a few minutes in the Folklore Museum , housed at the Madaba Museum and included in the admission price. It features jewellery, traditional costumes and a copy of the Mesha Stele.

There have long been plans to move the museum to Dar Al-Saraya, but nothing has come of this yet. It may explain, however, why the museum is rather under par. The open courtyard with grape vines and palms makes a pleasant place to sit.