"The Luxor Museum" Egypt Things to Do Tip by Paul2001

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  The Luxor Museum
by Paul2001

Perhaps that most pleasant surprise during my stay in Luxor was this wonderful museum dedicated to the ancient Egyptian artifacts found in the region. The museum is housed a very modern building built in 1975. The museum is small but the exhibits are of high quality and well displayed. Unlike the Museum of Egyptian Antiquites in Cairo with is like a great big warehouse, the exhibits here are well lit and labeled in English.
The highlights of the museum include a large pink granite head of Amenophis III, an amazing mummy casing from the tomb of Lady Shepenkhonsu and a human-bodied, crocodile-headed Sobek in alabaster. There are also some artifacts from Tutankhamun's tomb on display here. They include two funerary beds and a cow's head made in gold.
To enter the museum you have to cough up a whopping 30 Egyptian pounds and another 10 pounds if you want to take pictures. The musuem is open daily from 9am to 1pm and from 4pm to 10pm in the summer. It closes at 9pm in the winter. A hint to organize you time while in Luxor, because of the late opening times of this museum, I visited the Temple of Karnak during much of the day and toured this museum late in the afternoon. I highly recommend this.

Directions: At the northern end of Corniche towards the Temple of Karnak. It was s a pleasant walk along the Cornich from my hotel.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 14, 2004
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