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Aqaba Archaeological Museum, Aqaba

A sun-kissed city on the Red Sea, Aqaba attracts wind surfers and scuba divers to its coral reefs. But as is the case across Jordan, there’s more to Aqaba than you might think. This modest museum, for instance, is a reminder than no corner of the country is untouched by archaeological riches. Conveniently located near the beach and housed in a former palace, this museum traces Aqaba’s history as a commercial center and nexus of ancient trade. Artifacts from the seventh to 12th centuries include pottery, Islamic art, coins, and everyday objects from across the Middle East and Asia.