The Nubian Museum in Aswan

The Nubian Museum, also known as the International Museum of Nubia, is one of the most important archaeological museums in Egypt. It is located in Aswan city. It was opened to the public on November 23, 1997.

The history of the Nubian Museum The Nubian Museum was constructed by UNESCO during their International Campaign in Aswan to save the Nubian monuments as Abu Simbel Temples and Philae Temple after the building of the High Dam in the 1960s. Its construction was a part of the UNESCO project for building the Nubian Museum in Aswan and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo, Fustat.

The Nubian Museum building The museum has an area of 50,000 square meters, 7,000 of them are dedicated to the building of the museum, while the rest area is devoted to gardens and other public spaces, as the museum has a theatre holding Nubian dances.

The museum building consists of two floors. The museum was designed by the architect Mahmoud El-Hakim. This design refers to traditional Nubian village architecture, and it was built by local sandstone and pink granite.

The Nubian Museum displayThe museum concept is dedicated to displaying the development of the Nubian culture and civilization, the land of the gold as it was named in the ancient Egyptian language.

It houses three thousand objects ranging from prehistoric times to the Islamic periods, as well objects displaying the Nubian and Aswan heritage. These collections are exhibited inside the museum building and outdoor in the garden. These collections were discovered by UNESCO during their project to save the Nubian monuments.

Some of the masterpieces displayed in the museum are a skeleton dating back to the prehistoric period, crowns and jewelry made of silver, and an anthropology exhibition displaying customs and traditions of the Nubian community.

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