Thursday, June 17, 2010

Royal Automobile Museum to Host Art Exhibit

 The Royal Automobile Museum is a remarkable place to explore the history and reign of Jordan’s most-beloved former king, HM King Hussein.

The attraction does not lie so much in the car itself. Rather, in the man who chose it and drove it, in the events it witnessed and the places it was steered towards. (From the official RA Museum website
Located in Al Hussein National Park adjacent to King Abdullah II Street, the park gently slopes downward to the street, and from its elevation one may overlook the western part of Amman.  The Royal Automobile Museum is one of the first buildings you will encounter as you come to the top of the park’s hill, and is easily recognizable by the vintage royal aircraft displayed near the entrance.

The museum is open daily except Tuesdays, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and remains open to the public on all religious and national holidays.  Entrance fees are a reasonable JD 0.50 for children 13-18 years of age, with younger children being free.  Adult fees are JD 1.00 for Jordanian residents and JD 3.00 for tourists.

From 15 June until 7 July the museum will be featuring a unique display of poster art from the famous Le Mans races.  In France, the celebrated race is called “Les 24 Heures du Mans” (Le Mans’ 24 hours) because the cars involved in the competition race for 24 continuous hours. The exhibition is being held under the patronage of HRH Prince Hamzah, and is being organized by the Royal Automobile Museum in conjunction with the French Cultural Centre in Amman and the Le Mans Automobile Museum.  The exhibit celebrates the historic Jordanian-French relationship through the history of automobile.

Written by: William W. Hendry

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