One of the best ways to get to know a certain culture is to visit its museums. They are a testimony to history and various influences that made the world what it is today. Here are Egyptian museums you shouldn’t miss.
Located inside a palace that overlooks the Tahrir Square in Cairo, this is the main place to visit if you want to see ancient Egyptian artifacts. Its collection consists of impressive 120,000 objects—from statues to mummies to smaller things like jewelry and papyrus scrolls.
The original Library of Alexandria was destroyed during the 3rd century Roman occupation and its reincarnation is Bibliotheca Alexandrina—a museum focused on Egyptian manuscripts, antiquities, science artifacts, etc. It was opened in 2002 after the design won a UNESCO-sponsored competition that had 1,400 entries.
St. Catherine’s Monastery
It’s located at the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments—at the base of Mount Sinai. The museum is home to golden icons, murals, mosaics, and illuminated manuscripts. You can even stay in the monastery overnight—they count on many visitors coming from Cairo, which is not very close.