The Jordanian Natural History Museum at Yarmouk University

The Jordanian Natural History Museum at Yarmouk University was established in 1981. The Museum is the only one of its kind in Jordan. It offers educational, cultural and recreational services for university community and all segments of the local community on the one hand and serves the researches that target wildlife and the protection of biodiversity in Jordan.

The museum houses two sections:
  • The Scientific section which includes:
    - Animals: insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fishes, invertebrate, parasites.
    - Plants
    - Geology: fossils, minerals and rocks.
  • The Technical section: mummification, drawing and sculpture, carpentry, and smithcraft.

The activities of the museum are as follows:
  • Gathering, classification and maintenance of collections representing the Jordanian environment elements.
  • Exhibition of the samples accompanied by the basic information including: Arabic name, English name, scientific name, serial number and name of collector.
  • Scientific publications.

Over the years the collections include the followings:
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Insects
  • Fish
  • Plants
  • Fossils
  • Minerals
  • Rocks

The museum displays a collection of samples off campus such as Al-Bayt University and Jordan Badia–Research and Development Programme, Queen Alia International Airport, the Dead Sea Panoramic Museum, and Marine Station in Aqaba in order to spread the benefits to all members of the community where it exists to encourage domestic and foreign tourism and build bridges of cooperation with all those interested in wildlife. Realizing the importance of the museum, the administration is planning for a specialized building to house the museum with advanced laboratories, and recruit specialized staff.