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Most travelers who come to Egypt or who simply want to roam the country merely opt to visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo or the Luxor museum in Upper Egypt, not knowing that the country actually holds many interesting and well-organized other museums house unique treasures has no equal in the world that is well worth the visit. In our guide here the ultimate guide to the best museums in Egypt we will focus on the Must-see Museums & lesser-known museums in Egypt that even the most culture-seeking Egyptian probably haven’t heard about. Check out our travel guide.
The Grand Egyptian Museum (THE GEM)
The Grand Egyptian Museum holds in trust for Egypt and the World a chronological statement for the ancient history of Egypt over the past 7000 years. Neighboring a timeless wonder, the Giza Pyramids, the new museum is to pay homage to eternal Ancient Egyptian monuments, treasures, and history hosting over 100,000 artifacts, about 3500 of which belong to the famous King Tutankhamen this museum will be opened end of 2021.
The Egyptian Museum at Tahrir
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo at Tahrir Square one of the oldest museums in the World and the oldest museum in Egypt with over 120,000 artifacts, the museum houses an unbelievable exhibit depicting ancient Egypt’s glorious reign. Mummies, sarcophagi, pottery, jewelry, and many objects from different times now the Tomb of Yuya and Tuya take the second of floor replacing the treasures of King Tutankhamun which will be displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum.
National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC)
The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is a large museum in the first Islamic Capital of Egypt Fustat, now part of Cairo. The museum partially opened in February 2017 and will display a collection of 50,000 artefacts, presenting Egyptian civilization from prehistoric times to the present day.
Museum of Islamic Art Cairo (MIA)
The Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, Egypt is considered one of the greatest in the world, with its exceptional collection of rare woodwork and plaster artifacts, as well as metal, ceramic, glass, crystal, and textile objects of all periods, from all over the Islamic world. The mission of the Museum of Islamic Art is to display, preserve, and interpret Islamic artifacts, and to reach a maximum number of national and international visitors. MIA also aims to develop education programs, encourage scientific research and collaborations as well as foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions made by the Islamic civilization to world heritage in the arts and sciences. MIA also hopes to encourage dialogue, thus increasing tolerance and mutual understanding among people.
The Coptic Museum Cairo
The Coptic Museum is a museum in Old Cairo, with the largest collection of Egyptian Christian artifacts in the world. It was founded by Marcus Simaika in 1908 to house Coptic antiquities. The museum traces the history of Egypt from its beginnings to the present day the museum located on the ancient Roman fortress and beside the Coptic churches.
Alexandria National Museum
The National Museum of Alexandria opened to the public in 2003. Its collections are housed in an early 20th-century villa, which was built for the wealthy merchant Al-Saad Basili Pasha and was more recently home to the American consulate. The museum documents the history of Alexandria from the Pharaonic era through the 19th century. Its 1,800 objects include statues recovered from under the waters of Alexandria’s bay, Coptic icons, weapons, and chinaware. Labels are in Arabic and English. Alexandria National Museum nicely sums up the history of Alexandria on three floors. On your trip to this aged city wander through the beautiful palace and see the artifacts from the four main eras of Egypt: Ancient, Greco-Roman, Coptic, and Islamic, there is also an array of more modern items such as royal jewels and an interesting collection of antique coins. Learn about the interesting history of Alexandria as you explore the different chambers which are color-coordinated to the period of their displays.
The museum was first built in 1892 as a small building located on Horreya Road. In 1895 it was transferred to the present site near Gamal Abdul Nasser Road. It with eleven galleries and has been gradually enlarged in later renovation stages. The 25th gallery was inaugurated in 1984. It contains a big variety of coins from different countries, chronologically arranged, and dating back from 630 BC to the Ottoman period in the 19th century. The collection, which covers the period from the 3rd century BC to the 7th century Started, is a fascinating record of civilization in the process of change as religions merged and society evolved.
In Alexandria, Graeco-Roman and Pharaonic religions mingled in the cult of Serapis; the shift from pagan religions to Christianity can also be seen in the exhibits which include mummies, Hellenistic statues, busts of Roman emperors, and early Christian antiquities.
Nubian Museum Aswan
Established as part of the UNESCO International Campaign for the Establishment of the Nubia Museum in Aswan and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo, the Nubia Museum in Aswan opened to the public in November 1997 and has won widespread praise for the quality of its design and collections. The Nubia Museum in Aswan houses finds made during excavations carried out as part of UNESCO’s International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia, threatened by the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s. Besides showcasing many of the more than 3,000 objects found during the excavations, the Museum serves as a focal point for Nubian history and culture, its collections presenting the history of Nubia from prehistory to the present day.
The Nile Museum Aswan
The Nile Museum is a modern museum built and opened in 2016, is dedicated to the Nile, the longest river on the planet. It commemorates the history of the irrigation projects and the development of irrigation techniques since the Ottoman era until now. It is in Aswan near the High Dam, which remains to be one of the important National projects of modern times. The museum focuses on displaying and explaining the history of treaties and agreements signed between Egypt and neighboring Nile-Basin countries, regarding the allocation of Nile water shares between the states concerned.
The Luxor Museum was built on the east bank of the Nile at Luxor city to display the exquisite finds that reflect the luxury of Thebes during the New Kingdom. The artifacts displayed to focus on the ancient Egyptian beliefs and military glory during the “the Golden Age of the Empire” in Egypt.
The museum was opened in 1975, and an annex was added and inaugurated in 2004. Since the beginning it opts a “quality not quantity” concept. A marvelous unique collection worth visiting. The collection includes masterpieces royal sculpture, mummies, manuscripts, as well as Coptic and Islamic artifacts which were discovered in the Theban area.
The Mummification Museum Luxor
Located in Luxor East Bank, the Mummification Museum presents the ancient Egyptian art of mummification and displays related artifacts and mummies. Here you will learn about the mummification techniques specialized to embalm many animal species, such as crocodiles, cats, and fish. Mummified animals are unique to the collection of this museum. You will also see mummification tools, embalming materials, Canopic jars, amulets, and coffins. There are also ancient tablets that record the funeral journey from death to burial. The museum is divided into the Hall of Artefacts, Lecture Hall, Video Room and the cafeteria.
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