Alexandria National Museum

The Italian style palace is a former US consulate which President Hosni Mubarak changed and converted into an exclusive Alexandria National Museum of Egypt with collection of many rare Egypt artefacts.

Tourism In Egypt has some of the most attractive Egyptian Sites and an interesting contemporary culture, the trove of antiquities is what attracts most visitors. Egypt has listed above 50 museums and still many have still to find their way to the list as it has reached the heart of tourist worldwide.

Nile Holiday brings you some very remarkable and ingenious Egyptian Museums that Egypt has to offer. Let’s break them up according to their locations:

General Info

Name: Alexandria National Museum
Established in: 2003
Location: 31° 12′ 3.96″ N, 29° 54′ 47.52″ E
Opening Hours: 9:00am-4:30pm
Place: Alexandria
Type: Archaeological Museum
Size: 1800 artefacts
Area 3480 meters

History

The manor was built by Assad Basili Pasha in 1928 who was a former wood merchant. The place was used as gathering place in 1930s and 40s. Basili sold the palace to American Embassy in 1953 for around 53,000 pounds.

In 1996, Embassy sold it to Council of Antiquities for 13 million pounds and was converted into museum. It was first opened to public in September 2002 and officially inaugurated in 2003.

Architecture

The museum is 2 storied with 4 levels:

  • Basement: It displays the Pharaonic artefacts and performs audio-visual workshops.
  • Ground level: It contains the Graeco-Roman treasures
  • 1st floor: It houses relics from Egypt’s Coptic Christian and Islamic heritage.
  • Garage: It provides insight into the artefacts left by King Farouk’s family before the 1952 revolution.
  • Garden: It is converted as a lecture hall and an open-air theatre for evening performances.

A freshly painted garden with shady trees and flowering plants with a semi-circular double stairway leading to elegant doorway overlooking the streets of Alexandria.

Facts

The Italianate palace houses 1800 artefacts, most of which were brought from other Egyptian Museums.

The museum displays:

  • Ancient Egyptian objects such as canopic jars, portraits of Menkaure, Ikhnaton, and Hatshepsut and Nectanebo II artefacts and so on..
  • Coptic era objects such as Hellenistic period pieces from Heraklion and Canopus, pieces from Caracalla’s rule, figures of Medusa, a bust of Briniky, and so on..
  • Muslim world objects such as Islamic clothing, 162 Islamic coins, candle holders and Mashrabiya etc.

The Alexandria National Museum is known for its collection of jewellery, weapons, statuary, numismatics and glassware and so on..

Most interesting displays of the museum are items that are found under sea such as black bronze statue of Isis, some portraits, and statues of Greek gods, bust of Alexander the Great and Venus, the goddess of love with pictures depicting how they were taken out from sea.

These classifications are not ending alls. We can also divide them into Egyptian Sites, where we can get into details. That is why we offer guides with multiple language skills and experience in Egyptology to help you see your dream destination with new eyes and fall in love with Egypt as we do… Egypt Tour Packages give you the chance to experience Egypt’s history and best attractions.

For detail viewing, come and witness the glorious history of Alexandria National Museum with Nile Holiday today..

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