Luxor Museum#9 in Best Things To Do in Luxor
For a glimpse at Old and New Kingdom artifacts found in and around Luxor, check out the Luxor Museum. Historic treasures housed in this museum include a statue of Tuthmosis III from the Karnak Temple Complex; items buried with Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings; a collection of statues found beneath the Temple of Luxor; and two royal mummies. You'll also find videos that demonstrate the process of making papyrus sheets and how to write hieroglyphs.
Art lovers and history buffs will appreciate the Luxor Museum's impressive collection of Egyptian artifacts. Several recent travelers noted that the museum has an easy-to-navigate layout and that its displays – which are in English and Arabic – were informative, but some found the entrance fees high given the property's size. When visiting, remember that photography and videography are not permitted inside. You may encounter a security guard who offers to take your photo for a fee, but it is best to decline these requests.
The Luxor Museum sits about halfway between the Karnak Temple Complex and the Temple of Luxor on the East Bank of the Nile River. The museum is typically open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., but keep in mind the property closes every afternoon for one to three hours. Tickets are required, which cost 100 Egyptian pounds ($11) for adults and 50 Egyptian pounds (or roughly $6) for students. Entrance fees include access to all of the museum's exhibits, plus a gift shop and restrooms. A parking lot is not available, but visitors can get to the museum by bicycle or taxi. Bus tours do not stop at the Luxor Museum.
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#1 Temple of Hatshepsut
Built to honor Amon-Re (ancient Egypt's sun god) and the female pharaoh Hatshepsut (who was believed to have descended from Amon-Re), the Temple of Hatshepsut stands out for its grand architecture and jaw-dropping landscape. Situated at the base of limestone cliffs in Deir el-Bahri, this funerary temple features three tiers of porticos with statues, pillars and hieroglyphs. You'll also find two chapels inside, plus two ramps that connect the lower terrace to the upper terrace.
Although some elements of this historic structure were damaged from vandalism, many past travelers said this sight is well-preserved and worthy of a visit. To avoid the region's notoriously high temperatures, plan on arriving at opening or just before close. And remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring water since you'll be doing a lot of walking at this attraction.
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