The area of Aswan and its surroundings was the northernmost part
of a country known as Nubia or the “Land of Gold” in ancient
With the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the
1960’s, monuments and villages in the Nile Valley of Nubia were
threatened with submersion under the rising waters of the
reservoir (Lake Nasser). To rescue this important and ancient
heritage, the Egyptian government appealed to the United Nations
Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization (UNESCO)
seeking help. As a result, an immense international apparatus
was formed to excavate and record hundreds of sites.
Due to the importance of the material that was recovered from
tombs, temples and settlements, UNESCO planned a museum in Aswan
to exhibit the unique Nubian heritage. Besides, many temples
such as the ones at Abu Simbel and Philae sites were
disassembled and reconstructed on higher grounds.
The Nubia Museum opened its doors in November 1997. The complex,
which was designed by the late Egyptian architect Mahmoud
al-Hakim, reflects the traditional character of the Nubian
architecture and it won the Agha-Khan Award of Architecture in
The museum has also a beautiful garden with water-falls, palm
trees, flowers, and climbing bushes, spread around natural
rocks. There is also an amphitheatre for local and international
music and dance performances.
The museum is located 400 meters away from the southern end of
the corniche, on the left-hand side of an uphill road, close to
the Old Cataract Hotel. The Museum opens until late in the evening.
(as from July 2013)
Adult: LE 60
Child: LE 30
HOW TO REACH THERE:
- On foot (15-20 minutes walk from downtown Aswan).
- By horse carriage (5 minutes from the corniche).
- By car (5 minutes from downtown Aswan).