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Art and Museums in Egypt

When it comes to art and museums, Egypt is an incredible place to discover all kinds of art. You will never be bored when it comes to discovery in this diverse country.
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Egypt is, of course, a one-stop-shop for all things historical, with its unbeatable ancient monuments, interactive museums, and endless stories about their culture and heritage, and the opportunities to learn more are ongoing. 

Art has existed in Egypt since ancient times, and there are many places to discover artifacts, sculptures, and paintings. Here are some of the best museums and places to feast your eyes on art in Egypt.

Art and Museums in Egypt
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Art in Egypt

Ancient Egyptian art has captured people’s attention from the get-go, and while you are in this country, you should seek out some of the best places to see more. Throughout Egypt, you will be amazed at the chances to see some of the world’s best-kept secrets, such as papyrus drawings, paintings, jewelry, and of course, architecture. 

Many art pieces were found in tombs and monuments, which gives us an insight into the culture of the Ancient Egyptians and their afterlife beliefs, which is undoubtedly fascinating. However, it is incredible that art was much different from what we see today and wasn’t seen as a way of expression in those days. Still, instead, it provided a cosmic purpose to those who created it and was more of a necessity in life, focusing on religion and beliefs. 

As well as having these top museums and places to discover art in Egypt, you can also get in contact with a local ‘Destination Expert,’ who can advise you of the best local places to go, especially if you want to discover more or discover places off the beaten track.

With that being said, there is no doubt that you may need to plan a second or third trip back to this incredible country, considering there is so much to see and do, but you won’t need convincing, that is for sure.

Egypt is a playground for those who like to take a step back in time, with several places to feast your eyes on these works of art, as well as some top museums which cannot be overlooked. 

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The Coptic Museum

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With the most extensive collection of Coptic Christian artifacts globally, this museum is really worth a visit. It was established in 1910, and the aim was to preserve the Coptic heritage by housing the Coptic artifacts and antiquities which they bought or collected from other churches that were under renovation and, in turn, led to the enormous collection you see today.

Sand City

Art and Museums in Egypt

Located in Giza, this small establishment will show you the exciting process of how papyrus is made. Papyrus was used during ancient times as a writing surface, is made from the papyrus plant, and is an art form that you will discover time and time again in Egypt, so learning how it’s made a great experience.

History Museums

Egyptian Museum

Art and Museums in Egypt
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This history museum in Cairo has to be one of the best in the region, and here you will find everything from pharaonic artifacts found in tombs to textiles and mummies. It is, in fact, the oldest archeological museum in the Middle East and houses the most extensive collection of Pharaonic objects in the world. Everything you imagine when you think of Egypt comes to mind here, and it is a great place to take a step back to Ancient Egypt and discover some remarkable objects, each of which tells its own story.

Luxor Museum

Art and Museums in Egypt

Overlooking the East bank of the River Nile, this historical museum is a must-visit in Luxor. Although it has a limited number of artifacts, compared to its sister museum in Cairo, it prides itself on having fewer objects but of the highest quality. Suppose you want to gain a great perspective of Ancient Egypt and all that comes with it without feeling overwhelmed by numerous exhibitions. In that case, this is definitely a valuable place to visit.

Here, you will find that the exhibits are easy to navigate, and some of the most intriguing items to explore are the mummies of Ahmose I and Ramesses I and objects found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. 

Luxor will undoubtedly be on your list if you plan to see the best historical monuments, so why not check out this tour, which explores Cairo, cruises the Nile, and ends by exploring Luxor.

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

Art and Museums in Egypt

As the name suggests, this museum houses many Egyptian artifacts; however it is actually the most extensive collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts in the entire world, so you will have many things to see here. It has some awe-inspiring objects on display, including the famous Tutankhamun collection, the mummy room, and some of the world’s most renowned ancient masterpieces. Allow a day or two to really explore this museum, as the exhibits, statues, and other objects are very extensive but definitely worth taking the time to marvel at.

As the name suggests, this museum houses many Egyptian artifacts; however it is actually the most extensive collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts in the entire world, so you will have many things to see here. It has some awe-inspiring objects on display, including the famous Tutankhamun collection, the mummy room, and some of the world’s most renowned ancient masterpieces. Allow a day or two to really explore this museum, as the exhibits, statues, and other objects are very extensive but definitely worth taking the time to marvel at.

Nubian Museum

Art and Museums in Egypt

When in Egypt, you will most likely go to Aswan, a top spot for travelers and tourists in the country, and this is where the Nubian Museum is located. Here you will find all things dedicated to the Nubian culture and civilization, highlighting the different civilizations throughout the ages and how the cultural identity was formed. This is known as one of the most important museums in Egypt, and it is a great place to really take a step back in time to journey through the ages, which is by far one of the best ways to really understand Egypt.

This 8-day tour will take you around Egypt, and its most important sites. 

Hurghada Museum

Art and Museums in Egypt

Being the first antiquities museum in its region, along the Red Sea coast, this has become one of the best places to explore Egyptian civilization and antiquities discovered in the Eastern Desert.

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