Luxor Museum. Museum in Egypt, Africa

Luxor Museum

Museum in Egypt, Africa

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Luxor Museum

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The museum has been open to the public since 1975 and over the years has been improved. At one time, anything of interest would have been transported straight to Cairo but that is no longer the case. Luxor Museum was built in order to store and showcase some of the Egypt's most prized artifacts, thus attracting thousands of visitors each year.

The majority of the artifacts that can be seen in the Luxor Museum have been found in and around Thebes, with some of the main attractions being outstanding pieces of art that belonged to the Pharaohs as well as items that would have been used in everyday life by the poorer people of Luxor.

Statues

There are galleries full of statues that were only discovered as recently as 1989, and were excavated from under the floor of the temple in Luxor.

Mummies can be found in the newly built section, dedicated to what is described as Egypt's Golden Age, 1550-1070. In this section, it is possible to watch a video that shows how the vases were made and also the creation of ancient papyrus. It also shows how young boys were taught to write on it using hieroglyphics, along with examples of the tools that would have been used by the scribes. The royal mummies that can be seen are those of Ramesses I and Ahmose I and they have been in situ (Wikipedia
	Article) since 1994.

Tutankhamun

As expected, the rooms dedicated to Tutankhamun (Wikipedia Article) are among the most popular and also contain goods that were found in his grave.

Located close to the exit are other items that were removed from the tomb, including an aspect of Hathor (Wikipedia Article), who was a Goddess, along with a wooden head to show Mehit-Weret, the cow deity. This wooden head is made entirely from black and gold wood.
The garden is more of an extension of the museum itself, as it contains many sculptures that would not be suitable for housing indoors.

It is the garden that will be viewed first, and then there is entry to the museum and the main hall. There are two levels to this with interlinking corridors, and there is the feel of a modern building rather than a museum.

First Floor

One of the most amazing things to see is the area where the rebuilding of the temple of Akhenaten at Karnak took place. At Karnak, there is a stunning statue of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. who was part of the 18th Dynasty. Alongside it is a statue of the crocodile God, Sobek.

Many of the coffins have maintained their color and it is amazing to think that many of the items viewed during the tour are actually over 4,000 years old. What is more astounding is that the items on display are only part of the collection as there are too many artifacts to showcase and many of them are still in storage.

Although everyone will have a favorite artifact from the visit, it is accepted that some of the most historically important items on display includes:
  • Walls of the Temple of Akhenaten

  • The statue of the 6th Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty, Thutmose III, is just 3 feet long and cut from rock.

  • The black granite statue of Amenhotep III, taken from Medinet Habu (Wikipedia Article). He is one of the most important Pharaohs.
  • A statue of Oshbey or “the answerer”. It is believed that this statue dates back to the 18th Dynasty and is cut from colored wood.

    There is a lot of Islamic art that can be found in the museum and these date back to the 14th century AD. Among the relics are items that will have been used during the Mamluk era, including a collection of small bowls that are well worth viewing.

    It would be best to leave around 2 hours to visit the museum, although this clearly depends upon how much time you would like to spend in the museum. There is no need to worry about queues and not being able to get around as the layout is relatively simple to follow.

    Opening Times and Cost



    Opening time

    In winter it is open daily 9 AM-9 PM. In summer, it is open daily 9 AM-4 PM then 5 PM-10 PM.

    Night viewings have been known to be cancelled when numbers are low.

    The last tickets are sold 30 minutes before closing

    Cost

    The cost of a ticket for an Egyptian citizen is 8 EGP(4 EGP for students).
    For foreign nationals, the cost of a ticket is 70 EGP (35 EGP for students).

    Directions

    It would be advised to travel by car or hire a taxi as the location of the museum is "Met-haf al-Luxor".


  • Facilities

    Among the facilities available at Luxor Museum are a café, bookshop, library and visitors center.
    There is a catalog that can be purchased, but there are no personal guides or audio equipment for the tour.

    The museum provides easy access for wheelchairs.

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    Author: mekwriters. Last updated: Sep 17, 2014

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