Nubian Museum Tours

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The Nubian Museum is a showcase of the history, art and culture of Nubia and is a real treat. Established in 1997, in cooperation with Unesco, the museum is a reminder of the history and culture of the Nubians , much of which was lost when Lake Nasser flooded their land after the building of the dams. Exhibits are beautifully displayed in huge halls, where clearly written explanations take you from 4,500 BC through to the present day.

At the entrance to the main exhibition hall is a model of the Nile Valley and the main temple sites. The exhibits start with prehistoric artefacts and objects from the Kingdom of Kush and Meroe. Coptic and Islamic art displays lead to a description of the massive Unesco project to move Nubia's most important historic monuments away from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, following the building of the Aswan High Dam. Among museum highlights are 6,000-year-old painted pottery bowls and an impressive quartzite statue of a 25th-dynasty priest of Amun in Thebes with distinct Kushite (Upper Nubian) features. The stunning horse armour found in tombs from the Ballana Period (5th to 7th century BC) shows the sophistication of artisanship during this brief ascendancy.

A fascinating display traces the development of irrigation along the Nile, from the earliest attempts to control the flow of the river, right up to the building of the old Aswan Dam. A model of a Nubian house, complete with old furniture and mannequins wearing traditional silver jewellery, attempts to portray modern Nubian folk culture.

All this is housed in a well-designed modern building, loosely based on traditional Nubian architecture. In the museum garden there is a reconstructed Nubian house (which you can't enter, unfortunately) and a small 'cave' with prehistoric petroglyphs, which show giraffes and other wild animals once indigenous to the region. The site also incorporates an 11th-century Fatimid tomb, as well as a number of other tombs of sheikhs.

Practical Info

The museum entrance is about a 5-minute walk from the Egypt Air office on Corniche an-Nil. A guided visit takes about 2 hours.

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Address: el Fanadek Street, Aswan 81111, Egypt
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Hours: Closed between 1pm and 5pm
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Aswan Kalabsha Temple and Nubian Museum Private Tour

Explore two of Aswan’s less-visited highlights, the Kalabsha Temple and Nubian Museum, on this private tour. Drive to the Kalabsha Temple, built during the late Ptolemaic and Roman period, and see its pylon, courts, and reliefs showing Roman and Egyptian gods. Next, continuing to Aswan’s Nubian Museum, a showcase of art and antiquities charting the ancient Nubians of the southern Nile. Includes private air-conditioned transport, entrance fees, and Aswan hotel or port pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
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  • Duration: 5 to 6 hrs
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Private Tour: The Nubia Museum

Explore the Nubia Museum with an Egyptologist on a private, 1.5-hour tour, and discover Aswan’s most stunning artifacts. Learn the history of the Nubian culture as you browse displays of models, mummies and treasures recovered by teams of archeologists during the construction of the High Dam. Take in traditional Nubian architecture, then stroll the museum’s manicured garden and scale model of the Nile River Valley. 
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Best Aswan Day Trip- Visit Kalabsha Temple & the Nubian Museum with Guide

Explore Aswan in Private Exclusive Tour to the treasures of Nubia Aswan Nubian monuments day trip discover Kalabash temple and the Nubian museum in private day tour from Aswan with private Egyptologist and lunch included.Spend your day exploring two of the most important sites in Nubia. You visit the temple of Kalabsha, the largest freestanding temple in the region, and Nubian Museum, considered one of the most important museums featuring recovered relics from tombs and temples. • Private Egyptologist guide. • Entrance fees to all the mentioned sites. • Water, Snacks included. • Lunch at Nubian restaurant  • All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle. • Pick up services from your hotel & return.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Kalabsha Temple and Nubian Museum Day Tour from Aswan

Explore two lesser-known Aswan sights on a tour of the Kalabsha Temple and Nubian Museum, with an Egyptologist guide. Learn about ancient Egypt’s gods at Kalabsha, an ancient temple overlooking Lake Nasser. Admire the beautiful temple and hear how it was rebuilt here in the 1960s to save it from Lake Nasser, formed by the building of Aswan’s High Dam. Afterward, visit Aswan’s Nubian Museum, a showcase of ancient Nubian artifacts. See 6,000-year-old pottery, armor and more, and learn how many exhibits were salvaged before being submerged by Nasser's waters.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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