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Alexandria National Museum

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Opened in 2003, the Alexandria National Museum displays some 1,800 artifacts discovered in and around Alexandria, Egypt. Many of the artifacts were not previously on display, but hidden in the storage rooms of other museums.

What to See

The National Museum is housed in a restored Italian-style palace (Al-Saad Bassili Pasha Palace, built 1926) with three floors.

The first level, with dark blue walls reflecting the Egyptian symbolic color of the afterlife, is dedicated to the Pharaonic period. On display are several notable statues, including portraits of Menkaure (builder of the third Giza), Akhenaton (Amenhotep IV) and the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. There is also an interesting replica of the sort discovered in the Valley of the Kings, complete with a mummy and original funerary treasures.

The middle level displays artifacts from the Greco-Roman period, during which Alexandria flourished, such as figurines of Greek women and a majestic bust of the bearded god Serapis. Also on this level are finds from recent underwater excavations conducted around Alexandria, including several notable stone statues.

The top floor displays Coptic and Islamic treasures, illustrating the rich heritage of these two faiths that are still alive and well in Egypt. There are icons of Christ and the Virgin Mary, carved tombstones and clothes with silver and gold crosses. Notable among the Islamic objects are 162 coins minted in Alexandria and religious supplies such as incense burners, chandeliers and pottery.

Quick Facts on Alexandria National Museum

Site Information
Names:Alexandria National Museum
City:Alexandria
Country:Egypt
Categories:Museums
Dates:2003
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Alexandria, Egypt
Coordinates:31.199819° N, 29.904200° E  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Alexandria National Museum

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References

  1. The Alexandria National Museum - Tour Egypt
  2. Reviews of the Alexandria National Museum - TripAdvisor
  3. Underwater Museum Planned for Egypt's Alexandria - National Geographic, September 16, 2008

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