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Darat al Funun

13 Nadeem al Mallah Street, Amman 11183, Jordan
962-6 4643251
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Ranked #18 of 29 attractions in Amman
Type: Art Galleries, Theaters
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Sydney, Australia
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300 reviews 300 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This gallery presents the collection of a notable Jordanian banker who once lived at the site. The buildings are truly impressive and the gardens likewise. The collections are a curious mix of photography, some paintings and a few sculptures, spread over three buildings. Be prepared to open doors to see what is on display, as the doors are typically kept... More

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London
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10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

I loved my visit to Darat al Funun. There was an interesting exhibition on when I visited so I was able to go from building to building, exploring the different houses set on different levels of a hill, that make up the gallery, and seeing a wide range of contemporary art at the same time. It was relaxing and peaceful... More

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Oslo, Norway
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7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Lovely place to sit, have lemon juice with fresh mint or tea and relax. The view over Amman is amazing from the beautiful garden is a must-see. Although you're still in the middle of Amman, Darat al Funun is a truly peaceful, quiet and relaxing place. One can only hear birds, cats and the water coming from the fountain. The... More

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Although there was not that much art to see, we had great time in Darat al Funun. We enjoyed the peaceful authentic atmosphere while sitting in the beautiful garden with view over Amman downtown and drinking black tea with mint. Plus is the library in the main building with interesting art books.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Climb the hills, negotiate the hugely long flights of steps and you will get to the house of art. Darat al-Funun is 'organised' of several terraces that are in themselves lovely - and at ground level it has wonderful Byzantine church as a bonus. The collection changes regularly.- Ghost Buildings when we were there, and much more. And you can... More

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Jordan
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13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This is an old Arabian house that was renovated and turned into an art museum. As old Arabian houses, this house has a fountain in the yard and around it you can sit and enjoy something to drink. There is no entrance fees, the place closes on Fridays. I highly recommend this place for a break even if you are... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

The location is lovely and peaceful, but don't expect a lot of art. There was hardly anything on display when we were there - a kind of retrospective of an Egyptian video artist with about two works on show - and thus there wasn't an awful lot to see. But tea in the garden was quite nice.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

On the hillside to the north of the downtown area, Darat al-Funun is a superb complex dedicated to placing contemporary art at the heart of Jordan’s cultural life. Highly recommended art gallery in Amman. Slightly out of the way but worth the trip. Ever changing exhibitions. Free entry.

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Stone, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

This place is not easy to find and came highly recomended. It looked as if it might be quite good but was totally closed with a notice on the door about an exhibition that was due to be on in the future. It looked as if it had not been open for some time.Pity as it looked an interesting building... More

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Darat al Funun -- The Khalid Shoman Foundation -- Amman, Jordan This lush hillside complex is home to some of the most evocative artwork in the Arab world. In fact, the entire multi-level complex is a work of art in itself, set in a fragrant, brightly coloured botanical landscape. The lower level features a small, well-preserved archaeological site of Roman... More

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