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  • Address: Amman, Jordan
  • Admission: Entrance is free for residents and costs about $4 USD for tourists.

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Umm Qais Museum

Located about 2.5 hours from Jordan’s capital of Amman, the Umm Qais Museum is home to a mix of history and natural beauty that shouldn’t be missed. The site’s most popular draw would be the ruins of Gadara, an ancient Greco-Roman city occupied since the seventh century BC and originally ruled by the Ptolemaic Kingdom. According to the Bible, it was in this very place that Jesus removed demons from within two possessed men and put the evil spirits into a herd of pigs, who then sprinted into Lake Tiberias.

Gadara was a flourishing city, largely due to its strategic location atop fertile, rain-soaked land and its position as an intellectual hub for writers, artists, philosophers and academics. Today visitors can stroll the colonnaded streets; admire the dramatic black-and-white basalt columns of the Basilica Terrace; see the remains of two Roman theaters; view an abandoned Ottoman village; photograph ancient tombs; and try to imagine the shops, baths, hippodrome and Byzantine church that made up this once-bustling area in ancient times. The site’s two-story museum, filled with artifacts and mosaics procured from the ruins, provides insight into the area’s history.

While there’s much history to be explored at Umm Qais, people also visit for the site’s hilltop views of the Jordan Valley, Israel, Syria, Golan Heights, Lake Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee. Enjoy Umm Qais’ general slow-paced countryside setting.

Practical Info

From Amman, Umm Qais can be reached by car; take Al Hashimi to 45M. Visitors can also book a tour or hire a driver to get to the museum. Entrance is free for residents and costs about $4 USD for tourists. There is also an on-site restaurant. If you’re interested in seeing other ruins, it’s also possible to explore Umm Qais and the ancient cities of Jerash (the Gerasa of Antiquity) and Ajloun in one day, but be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen and extra water, as Umm Qais and the other sites in the area provide little shade.

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Private Full Day Jerash and Umm Qais Tour From Dead Sea, Dead Sea, null
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Private Full Day Jerash and Umm Qais Tour From Dead Sea

Travel in the comfort of a private vehicle on a tour where nature meets history, start by visiting Jerash, one of the largest and most well preserved sites of ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $162.50
Private Full Day Umm Qais Visit from Dead Sea, Dead Sea, Private Day Trips
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Private Full Day Umm Qais Visit from Dead Sea

Depart to visit Um Qais once considered as a great city in ancient times. Um Qais offers beautiful views over the Northern Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee, ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.75
Private Tour: Full-Day Umm Qais, Pella, and Jerash Tour from Amman, Amman, Private Day Trips
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Private Tour: Full-Day Umm Qais, Pella, and Jerash Tour from Amman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Go on a historical tour to the best preserved Roman Ruins site of Jordan. Start by traveling to the north of Jordan through the Jordan Valley to visit Um Qais, ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.25
Private Day Tour to Umm Qais from Amman, Amman, Private Day Trips
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Private Day Tour to Umm Qais from Amman

Travel to the north of Jordan through the Jordan Valley to visit Umm Qais, the ancient town of Gadara. The town is in the far north-west of the country on the ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00
Private Full Day Tour to Umm Qais and Ajloun from Amman, Amman, Day Trips
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Private Full Day Tour to Umm Qais and Ajloun from Amman

On this tour you will visit Umm Qais, the Governor’s House has been restored, Umm Qais that offers far reaching views over the Northern Jordan Valley, the Sea ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00
Private Tour: Jerash and Umm Qais Day Trip from Amman, Amman, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Jerash and Umm Qais Day Trip from Amman

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Immerse yourself in the glory days of the Roman Empire on a private day trip to Jerash and Umm Qais from Amman! Surrounded by Jordan’s ochre desert dunes, the ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.25
Private Day Trip to Jerash, Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle from Amman, Amman, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day Trip to Jerash, Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle from Amman

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Jerash, Ajloun Castle, and the ancient ruins of Gadara (Umm Qais) are not-to-be-missed sites while touring Jordan. You’ll benefit from the insights of a ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00

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