Aswan Museum

Aswan Museum is located in the south-eastern part of Aswan on Elephantine Island where Aswan’s ancient history comes into limelight with an alacrity that freeze the tourist to dig deeper.

General Info

Name: Aswan Museum or Elephantine Museum
Established in: 1912
Location: 24° 5′ 5″ N, 32° 53′ 12″ E
Opening Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
Place: Aswan
Type: History Museum
Next to: Ruins of Abu


The museum was first established in 1912 to house many Nubian artefacts and increase the focus of Elephantine Island to hilt. Elephantine is rich in Nubian history and brings Aswan’s Nubian flavour to the forefront. It is one of the largest Island of Aswan isles. The entire island is a museum in itself. The museum is surrounded by ruins, shrines and temples.

The historical Aswan Museum is also a major trading point due to its location and granite holdall.


The museum entry cost a little but children and students get a discount. It is known to house many artefacts from Nubian Museum.  Surrounded by a sub-tropical garden, the museum is a sight to behold:

  • Nubian artefacts saved during construction of Aswan Dam.

  • Elephantine relics such as utensils, weapons, pottery and mummies architecture, decorative elements and statues.

  • Breathtaking garden which take you to Ruins of Abu where you can see the ongoing excavation process.


  • The many artefacts date back to pre-dynastic times to Byzantine times.

  • Highlights are a rhino-shaped slate palette, sarcophagi and mummies, statues of the nomarchs of Elephantine, features of recent excavations and the annexe explaining the finds.

  • The museum has a number of sarcophagi such as the sarcophagi containing the mummy of a child wrapped in layers of linen and a mummified ram of Khnum intrigue the tourist and draws a person to immerse itself in the history of the island.

  • One of the rare artefacts is the Elephantine Calendar which is known to be the oldest nilometers in Egypt.

For detail viewing, come and witness the glorious history of Aswan Museum with NILE HOLIDAY today..

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