Housed in several old Madaba residences, 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. A small, dusty Folklore Museum is included in the admission price, featuring 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, palms and a view makes a pleasant place to sit.