Karnak Open Air Museum
Karnak Open Air Museum
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Dave
12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Beautiful place lots to see, don't need a tour guide you only need one if you need detail info. Be aware of the security, they want money to take pictures or if you ask them questions one of them made me deleted some pictures because he said I'm not supposed to stand on a stone. Not all of them. But be aware.
Written November 18, 2023
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Musicians Mum
1,045 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Visited as part of a small group tour from UK.
This site is interesting,at every turn,every column,
Would have been happy to spend half a day there.
Busy but site is very big.
Little sphynxes everywhere
Written April 18, 2022
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,641 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I visited this area after my tour of the Karnak Temple with a Tour Guide ended. It is located in the left side of the Karnak Temple. Most of the exhibits here are currently undergoing renovations so most visitors ignore this area. Took pictures of some statues and 2 small buildings here before leaving.

Note: There is a public restroom near here. Be sure to briefly visit it before exiting the Karnak Temple.
Written October 28, 2023
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Chantal
Johannesburg, South Africa17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Forms part of Karnak temple. Lovely. Have a walk around and look at all the details. Can do without a tour guide but if you prefer more information get a good tourguide. We went without a tour guide and enjoyed it. There were lots of information boards. Time: approx between 1hour and 3hours. Tips: comfortable shoes and water.
Written November 4, 2022
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D1spm
Redditch, UK1,951 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Great place to see and visit. It does cover an expansive area. If you visit on a hot day it feels even hotter as the stone radiates the heat so take plenty of water. There is a small bizarre also which is full of non genuine Egyptian products
Written April 9, 2022
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Claraduck
Taipei, Taiwan380 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
first time to Egypt, we are not traveling with group. the temple is fantastic, but some local people in temple are just like robbers.
before go to Egypt I heard a lot about the big issue that many Egyptians in sightseeing spots rip visitors off ,I just keep in mind and was very careful while in sightseeing spots.
there was someone wearing the suit that looked like he is the staff in temple, he waved to us and said follow him, I thought since he is the staff so no need to be nervous. he took us to a monument or smt like that and just told us some few words about the temple bra bra bra, then asked tips not only his but also the other man standing beside him.
that was ridiculous !! literally I dont wanna give them anything but my hubby gave him 50 egyptian puonds at last.
beware of those Egyptians near you in sightseeing spot !!
Written February 18, 2020
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eLaReF
Scotland, UK20,187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This museum is reached from inside Karnak Temple itself. You are required to buy a separate ticket for it once inside the main complex.

After you enter the main temple thro’ the lines of sphinx and then the first pylon you are in a main courtyard. Follow the signs for the toilet to the left, pass out thro’ a doorway and you come to the ticket office for the museum. It costs 25 EGP.
I visited this site a few years ago and they had rebuilt the White, Red and Alabaster chapels then. As it is work in progress they have rebuilt more and now are putting the statues found in different part of Karnak on plinths. It is a peaceful place to be by yourself as tour groups do not go into it, we were the only visitors at 9:00a.m.

I have put some photos on this review and more can be seen on http://community.webshots.com/user/elaref
Written October 6, 2010
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MichaelMc777
Sunnyvale, CA5,198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Karnak is a relatively large complex. There are so many parts to explore. Allow yourself at least a half day for this temple.

It is full of artifacts scattered around the temple. It is truly a wonderful exploration.

I hired a private guide at the temple, for three hours and then explored it on my own. I ended up coming back a second time, and walked and just walked around until it closed. There is just so much to take in.

The light show is relatively good and I enjoyed it. Good to catch, if you have the time. Not amazing! It is beautiful at night and has a different feeling.
Written August 2, 2019
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singhasam
Weymouth, UK4,022 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
THIS place took me completely by surprise.
I had earlier visited the main Karnak site as part of a tour which was inevitably slightly rushed because of the huge nature of the attraction and the many things to see.
So I did the right thing and came back a week later to do Karnak again in a more leisurely fashion when I stumbled across its Open Air Museum.
Stumbled really is the correct word to use both for being lucky and for losing my balance which I did constantly while I wandered round what was a giant unfinished jigsaw waiting for its pieces to be sorted out and put together.
Whether that will ever happen I really don’t know because this is a fiendish ancient jigsaw where the modern antiquity puzzlers don’t know how many pictures they are working on or whether the stone block “piece” they are looking at belongs on this site or another. Apart from that it should be easy!
I discovered the Open Air Museum – which is NOT well signposted – after I walked through the main Karnak entrance and got curious about a side entrance which didn’t seem to offer anything.
When I went through it there was a little hand-painted sign directing people to an “Open Air Museum” beyond which three staff members got very excited when it appeared I was going to walk in without paying for a ticket!
Friendship was restored and I duly paid a paltry EGP60 (about GB£2.50) for my ticket at a tiny kiosk before walking forward in the direction everyone was pointing out to me.
The I stopped and just stood there and gaped, totally unprepared for the sea of stone blocks which spread out before me.
There were many thousands of them, all neatly lined up in rows with a narrow walkway between each row so visitors could walk down and look at the carvings on each one.
I was immediately entranced, fascinated by the way the blocks marched away in all directions like some regiment of a Pharaoh’s army.
The task facing restorers is immense and task facing me was pretty tough because you really do have to be organised and not get sucked into viewing this site like a honey bee, darting from one sweet wonder to the next.
Instead my advice is to do what I did and simply accept that to avoid missing some wonderful carving I had to stoically march up and down each little lane of blocks.
This I did and I slowly worked my way up the site, full of awe at a pharonic relief, a vulture or a cartouche, all as clear and clean as the day they were carved and all of them just waiting to be reunited to form part of some majestic whole.
At one point I veered slightly off to the left to visit several small temples which had already been restored and I eventually arriving at the back of the site where armed security guards sat in the shade with museum workers.
They viewed my arrival with enthusiasm – could this be an opportunity for tips! – and lost no time in gesturing me to follow them to where there was a particularly good carving, scene or painting. They knew the site like the back of their hands, so a few Egyptian pounds changed hands and my happy helpers made sure I didn’t miss anything major. In a stone maze of this size that was a tip price I felt was well worth paying.
I swiftly learnt that looking up also paid rich dividends since some of the carving high up above giant doors was truly wonderful.
There were figures carved deeply to make erasure by a rival or time that much harder and tiny hidden rooms with gloom-shrouded treasures as well as columns and tens upon tens of thousands of hieroglyphics.
All the time I was exploring I always knew roughly where I was because at my back was the gigantic main temple of Karnak.
I pretty soon realised that this gigantic storage area of stone blocks dwarfed even the huge Karnak site and extended past it and even round to one side and behind it. I only wished I could somehow fast forward in time to when all the blocks had been somehow restored to their relevant walls, buildings, temples and pylons but there was clearly many lifetimes ahead.
The present made itself known with the nasty realisation that I had unbelievably used up half my time at Karnak in wandering round the Open Air Museum, but I didn’t mind.
It was time so well spent – I’m sure I saw at least two separated stone blocks which seemed to belong together – and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
Make sure you don’t miss this hidden away giant gem which you can best appreciate in its entirety by climbing one of the spoil heaps of earth to get a view about 15ft up out over the whole site.
It then becomes even more impressive because all these blocks have a story to tell, all belong to some scene or message of praise and all will hopefully one day once again fulfil their purpose, to instruct those looking at them about the majesty and power of the ancient Egyptian.
This really is a “must see” place and I would recommend a visit here to anyone.
Written February 3, 2019
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DrJohnWong
Singapore, Singapore766 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Couples
All I remembered from visiting this place was one of the policemen/guard (dressed in white) leading us to a secluded area, telling us about an inscription on the wall, making us touch it 10 times for apparent good luck, AND ASKING US FOR MONEY after. We just walked away.
Written October 27, 2011
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