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Address: El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
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Located near the site of the ancient library of Alexandria, this modern...

Located near the site of the ancient library of Alexandria, this modern version is an eleven-story, cylindrical-shaped building that houses more than eight million books. A re-imagining of Alexandria's ancient Great Library, this gorgeously designed cultural center contains a host of museums as well as one of the modern world's most ambitious libraries. Its architecture - a giant sun disk - presides over the waterfront Corniche, while inside, a huge reading room can hold eight million volumes. Below themain library, visitors can explore a range of beautifully curated exhibitions. TheManuscript Museum with its magnificent collection of ancient texts and scrolls and the Antiquities Museum with its Graeco-Roman antiquities and statuary found during underwater exploration in the harbor are the two prime attractions. But there are also rotating art exhibitions, a permanent Egyptian folk art collection, and a Science Museum and Planetarium that are aimed squarely at children.

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alexandria must visit

i guess this is one of the number things to do in alex. go here visit the library, walk thru the 3 mini museums and then be surprised at the amazing huge library where you see... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

i guess this is one of the number things to do in alex. go here visit the library, walk thru the 3 mini museums and then be surprised at the amazing huge library where you see students studying and taking selfies.

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Lephalale, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did not know before hand that we would not be able to take our 1 year old daughter into the library and unfortunately drove all the way. It looks impressive from the outside

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth to visit this place. Unfortunately didn't managed to visit inside due to time limited. we only walk around the outside and very modern and motivated.

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El Geneina, Sudan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a big complex of having so many attractions together. I went to the Library, It is so big....... amazing.... soooooo many books.... It has all types of printing machines from ancient days. It has digital corner. Museum. Kids corner. Kids park. what not? It will take even a day to complete seeing the whole. and if you are... More 

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went with great hopes. The few specialty museum rooms that were open were interesting and the others were closed for restoration or something. It was not published as such. Unfortunately we ran out of time to check out the space odyssey.

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Thank Dorothy T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great site, as much for the scale of its ambition - a worthy national project. Reading room is very impressive, and the library is thoroughly organic - Egyptian students were streaming in, textbooks in arm, on the day of our visit. Not an easy place to visit with young children, however. Children under six are not allowed... More 

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Thank Dave S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited as this was part of our package . The museums were fantastic which caught us by surprise. The students of Alexandria did a great job for taking us around!!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Things stated in other reviews are true, such as, the consignment of bags (Helpful tip: the ticket window is to the left of the bag consignment window and you need a ticket to consign a bag). The library is immense and immersed in beautiful natural light. That said, what really uplifted our visit was the Shadi Abdel Salam exhibition on... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I are both ex-Librarians and were delighted to have been able to visit the iconic Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The Library is great but for us it is still a workplace so weren't as impressed as others. It is modern with all the features and resources of a modern library. A few things did make it special. The team... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great free tour! The guide talked about the history of the Library and how the current building came to be. The building itself is amazing, beautiful modern architecture. The museums inside are great too, interesting information about Egypt. Also there are free art galleries in the lower level, nice quiet place to see some work from Egyptian artist.

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