The northeastern African country of Egypt, more formally known as the Arab Republic of Egypt, extends into Southwest Asia by virtue of governing and holding the Sinai Peninsula. It is bordered on the east by Jordan, the northeast by the Gaza Strip and Israel, the south by Sudan, and the west by Libya. To the east and north lie the Mediterranean and Red Seas, respectively. However, it is dominated geographically by the Eastern and Western deserts and the Nile River.
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Egypt is most famous and well-known for its remarkable ancient civilization and spectacular history that features its hieroglyphs, mummies, pyramids, and temples. Most of the country’s ancient civilization, culture, and its history are depicted in the vast number of museums that are located throughout the country. Egypt is rich in museums with over 30 of them scattered throughout the country. The following are some of the little known museums in Egypt that are worth visiting whenever you are vacationing there.
Ahmed Shawki Museum – situated in a house purchased in 1914 by Ahmed Shawki, renowned Egyptian poet laureate and was named Karmat Ibn Hani’e, this museum is located in El Matariya, one of Cairo’s quieter suburbs. The house and all the surrounding grounds was converted into a museum in June of 1977 to commemorate the works of Shawki and the far-reaching impact his poetry had on Arabic literature.
Imhotep Museum of Cairo’s Saqqara District – the museum is comprised of five different halls including:
-Funerary Complex and Theater models
-Library of Jean-Philippe Lauer
-Main Hall complete with all its architectural elements
-Model Tomb Hall
-New Discoveries Hall
Local and international visitors alike rave about the museum because of the air conditioned buildings, the attractive displays of artifacts, and of course, the modern toilet facilities.
Marine Biology Museum of Hurghada – this marine museum is actually located several miles to the north of the city of Hurghada. Locals will tell you that this is one of the most fascinating museums in all of Egypt with its marine biology station and small aquarium. It is open 12 hours a day from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm. This is a great attraction for families traveling with children.
Pharaonic Village – located only a few miles outside the heart of Cairo, visiting this museum village will take you back in time about 3,000 years. Here you will see excellent reproductions of ancient Egyptian architecture, clothing, and lifestyles. By far this is the most precise recreation of life in ancient Egypt. Moments from history and legend have been skillfully recreated to depict arts, games, and industries. There are also boat rentals, cafeterias, and a children’s playground as well as a nice restaurant that serves some tasty Egyptian and European dishes.
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