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“Egypt knows how to build a museum” 5 of 5 stars
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Nubian Museum
El Fanadeq St. Downtown, Aswan 81111, Egypt
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Ranked #4 of 25 things to do in Aswan
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Owner description: This museum traces the history from the earliest settlements to present day of Nubia, the region defined as the area between Aswan in Egypt and Khartoum in the Sudan.
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“Egypt knows how to build a museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

This is a treasure that is seldom visited - well worth the time to check it out! Lots of treasures from that area along with a huge 3D display of the Nile and the Nubian temples that once dotted the river before the flood/Dam.

Visited January 2014
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“Thematic time travel through the exhibitions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

All exhibitions are very well presented at thematic sections. It helps to take the visitor in a time travel trip through the ages of the place and the related culture as well as customs. Aswan is very safe, nevertheless all these warnings and security alerts! People are SO friendly that you will love them!

Visited October 2013
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“Excellent & modern interpretive displays”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

A much larger museum than we thought it would be.
We easily spent a couple of hours looking at the well laid out presentations on the people and history of the Nubian lands.

Exhibits cover all time ranges, including predynastic rock art up to the history of rescue archaeology for the dam,
It includes the Islamic period as well as Pharonic history, so you get the 'full' picture
The Islamic period textiles are a little gem, as you can get quite close to the case and see the fine detail in them under good lighting.
We didn't get time to look at the outside exhibits


I only wished there had been a good catalogue available as there was lots of material I would like to refer back to.

Would be well worth a second visit.

It is quite possible to walk up to the museum from the corniche in mild weather, although it is at the top of the hill.

Visited December 2013
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“An excellent reminder of a forgotten period”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I liked the amount of available documentation and modern way of exposition that allows you to visit and enjoy without a guide...

Visited December 2013
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“Beautiful, makes me finally understand”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

After seeing this, I finally understand the Nubians and their significance.

First, let me say that this is a wonderful museum. It has a nice collection of artifacts, has full captions and exhibits that tell the full story of Nubia from prehistoric times to the present, and is nice and clean with passable bathrooms.

After seeing some exhibits, I quickly realized that Nubians are the link between Egypt and Black Africa. In the Nubian Museum, you will see rock art consisting of pharaohs and hieroglypics next to giraffes and gazelles. You see how Egypt conquered Nubia and forced its culture on them, and then how Nubia turned the tables, conquered Egypt, coronated themselves kings of Thebes, and held their own against the Assyrians for many decades! Its also interesting to see that even though virtually all Nubians have now converted to Islam, they were literally the last to be conquered by the Arab Muslims. They repulsed the Arab attacks and remained Christian until 1500, even though Egypt fell by 639! Who would have known?! They are a truly fascinating people and their history must be discovered by all. This is the perfect place to begin.

Visited November 2013
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