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.