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“Poor museum, poor interpretation”

El Alamein War Museum
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Poor museum, poor interpretation”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

I regret that I must disagree with the positive reviews of this museum as much as I regret undertaking the 4 hour journey.

Entry is only LE25 plus LE10 to use a camera inside (I paid but there was nothing worth photographing).

The recorded explanation of the ‘back and forth’ of 1941-1942 on the giant sandtable had such a bad sound system that it was unintelligible.

The museum is a small collection of uniformed dummies and a handful of light weapons, with a few photographs and small plastic models.

There is no attempt made to explain that there were two battles at El Alamein in 1942, July and October/November. There is no attempt to explain what happened during the course of the main battle, which covered a period of 12 days.

Outside are several artillery pieces and four wrecked tanks (no German tanks). Two of the artillery pieces are British 17 pounder anti-tank guns, which were not in production until 1943, well after the battle.

There are no aircraft dsplayed, just the engine of what is probably a spitfire.

The inadequacy of the museum in explaining the sacrifice of those who died is an insult to the men from many nations who fought and fell in the battle.

Instead of making the long drive, look at Wikipedia, unless you wish to pay homage to those interred in the cemeteries (in the Commonwealth cemetery the Aussies are at the back right hand side).

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Ian B
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“El Alamain War Museum - Include in pilgrimage”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Translations were awful - so don't look here for good explanations. But the display outside the museum of all the vehicles, planes, tanks, etc that were found in the sand is amazing. Look for the Canadian vehicle built by Ford Canada! When they found it in the sand, cleaned it out and put gas and oil in it, it turned over no problem! Does not take too long to walk through museum - 30 minutes is enough - good for kids as there are lots of memorabilia and little bits and pieces. But leave some time to wander outside.

Visited September 2012
Thank deliciao
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Cairo, Egypt
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“War Museum”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

This museum is well looked after and does full justice to the war in Northern Africa during the second world war. Purists may find Arabic translations off-putting but it is clear to see everything and both axis and allies are well represented. The vehicles and armaments outside are of much interest as well.

Visited November 2012
Thank Andrew S
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Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A bit lame”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

For a place that owes so much to the Australian's there is very very little in the museum about the Aussies. Its like they were never there. That needs to be fixed. It was an old looking museum, I mean its like it got set up in 1970 and not worked on since then. The highlight is the war machines around the museum. They were quite a treat.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank TheFoot11
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Canakkale, Turkey
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Very moving - make sure that you sign the register, near the gate. The more visitors who sign the register the more teh Commonwealth War Graves Commission will know that their work is appreciated.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Peter S
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