Museum introduces the public to the wealth of the geology and
paleontology of Jordan. It aims to become a regional center that
addresses ways of understanding the natural heritage of the Jordanian
landscape within the wider Middle Eastern context.
The museum promotes
the history of Jordan prior to archeology, from
500 million to 250 thousand years, by bridging the gap between the academic/scientific
works and the wider public.
museum is located on a hillside overlooking the
of Pella in the northern part of the Jordan Valley, one of the ten Roman
Decapolis). The building is located at zero sea
elevation, with the rest of Jordan rift valley to the west descending
to -150 meters below sea level.
addition to the archeology of Pella, Jordan's longest and most complete record
of human activity with almost uninterrupted settlement history for more than 10,000 years, the museum is surrounded
by many geological and natural history attractions.
few kilometers to the northeast is a hot spring (Himmet Abu-Thableh)
with one of the two known natural bridges in Jordan,
the other being
the famous natural bridge of Wadi Rum. The building site itself
has many fossil layers that are rich in ammonites
- baculites, and
the village of Tabaket Fahel below sits on a thick layer of Travertine
and Tufa created by prehistoric springsand caves. This
has some of Jordan's best specimens