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Luxor Museum of Ancient Art and the Nubia Museum of Aswan

Luxor Museum of Ancient Art and the Nubia Museum of Aswan Through its beautifully designed display of carefully selected masterpieces found in the area of ancient Thebes, the Luxor Museum of Ancient Art illuminates the golden age of pharaonic Egypt. Opened in 1975, this small museum on the Nile Corniche holds one of the finest collections of Egyptian sculpture in the world, in a building whose layout and...

Elephantine Island Museum (Aswan Museum)/Ruins of Abu

Elephantine Island (Aswan Museum) ancient collection: Statue of Harwa The Elephantine Museum is located on on the south-eastern side of the city's Elephantine Island in the River Nile, located just downstream of the First Cataract at the southern border of Ancient Egypt and has artifacts primarily related to that area in the midst of spectacular sub-tropical gardens. The building that houses the collection, which...

Hydrobiological Institute and Museum

The Fort of Qaitbay is erected on the northern tip of the Eastern Port on the site of the ancient Pharos of Alexandria, the fort design is influenced by both medieval architecture as well as by the lighthouse original layout. The fort also houses the Naval Museum. A short distance southwest from Fort Qaitbay is the Hydrobiological Museum, with...

Ras El Tin Palace

Ras El Tin Palace To the west of the Qaitbay Fort is where one of the most important events in the history of modern Egypt took place. It was here that Farouk signed his abdication papers bringing the monarchy to an end. Along nearby beaches lie small boatyards where craftsmen build luxury wooden boats for rich Gulf emirs using little in the way of tools. The Ras...

Al Muntazah (Montaza) Palace Museum and Gardens

Al Muntazah (Montaza) Palace Museum and Gardens, Alexandria, Egypt During the 20th cetury, the Alexandria became Egypt’s summer Capital. One of the most beautiful beaches of Alexandria is Al-Muntazah coast (Cleopatra island), where according to mythology, Queen Cleopatra lived one of her most beautiful days. The Late King Fouad built residential palaces surrounded by enormous gardens on this island to make it the...

National Naval Museum at Qaitbay Fort (Citadel)

inside the Qait Bey fort is the Naval Museum A high ridge at the end of the beach along Alexandria's coast was once the site of the fabled Lighthouse of Pharos. It collapsed after an earthquake in the 14th century. Qait Bey Fort remains as the only reminder that Alexandria provided safe harbor for vessels seeking refuge and trading opportunities. Fortress Qait Bey was built on the northern...

Al Matariya Obelisk Museum

Al Matariya Obelisk Museum Al Matariya Obelisk and the Virgin’s Tree. The suburb of Matariya stands on the site of one ofEgypts most ancient cities On called by the Greeks Heliopolis where the world s first observatoryonce towered, and of which nothing but the Obelisk now remains. There too, is the Virgin’s Tree,which provided the Holy Family with shade and shelter during...

Egyptian Railway Museum/Cairo Railway Museum

Egyptian Railway Museum/Cairo Railway Museum Amid the vast curiosity over pyramids and pharaohs, there is also another attraction in Cairo worthy of visit and this is the 70-year old Railway Museum. The Egyptian Railway Museum was founded in 1933 and chronicles the history and development of the ENR. It is located near the Ramses Station in Cairo. It houses some seven hundred exhibits,...

Solar Boat Museum/Khufu (or Cheops) Boat Museum

Solar Boat Museum/Khufu Boat Museum The ancient Egyptians believed the dead pharaoh would join the Sun God in his solar boat to sail through the underworld. In 1954 an actual solar boat (or barque) was found in a sealed pit next to the Pyramid of Khufu. The boat was made of cedar wood and almost perfectly preserved, although disassembled in to over 1000 pieces. A team of...

Ahmed Shawky Museum

Monument to Ahmed Shawky Museum Shawki named his house after Ibn Hani Al Abbasi, commonly known as Abu Nuwwas, a famous Abbasite poet (756-814 AD). shawki was highly infatuated with this great poet, whose real talent and rich achievements had not been duly evaluated and rather unjustly criticized. He was commonly, but not fairly, portrayed as a wanton and frivolous legendary...

Saad Zaghloul Museum

A visit to the home of Egypt’s great leader - Saad Zaghloul In Munira, Cairo One of the great figures in Egypt’s modern history, Saad Zaghloul was known in his day as “father of the nation.” Zaghloul, founder of the Wafd Party, was the first Prime-Minister of Egypt after the Constitution of 1923. A continuous thorn in the side of the British, he was twice exiled by their Agent in Egypt and returned each time greater in...

Royal Carriage Museum

Royal Carriage Museum One of a number of small museums in the Citadel is the Royal Carriage Museum in Cairo. Its small collection of carriages are borrowed from the larger Carriage Museum located in Bulaq. It is housed in the building once used as the British Officers' Mess (until 1946) during the colonial period. Carriage Museum is on the grounds of the Military...

National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC)

National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) The Museum is located in El Fustat, founded as the first capital of Islamic Egypt by the Arab Conqueror Amr Ibn Al-Aass in 640 A.D. Now in the heart of Cairo, on the road to the pyramids, El Fustat is home to important monuments and archaeological sites, including the Citadel of Salahedin, the Hanging Church, the Mosque of Amr Ibn Al-Aass, and the...

Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM)/Giza Museum

Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM)/Giza Museum The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) also known as the Giza Museum will be built by 2013 at the cost of $US 550M. The museum will be sited on 50 hectares of land in Giza and is part of a new master plan for the plateau. On January 5, 2002 Egyptian President Mubarak laid the foundation stone. The museum site is two kilometers from the Giza pyramids and...

Mohamed Nagy Museum

Mohamed Nagy Museum It includes Mohamed Nagy, founder of modern Egyptian photography art works of art. The museum commemorates painter Mohammed Nagy, who co- pioneered the Egyptian modern art after his return from Florence. In his work he produced a blend of Egypt’s past and present. He was fascinated with Nature and murals made by ancient Egyptian artisans. He was...