MUSEUMS IN ASWAN
- Opening time: Daily 9am to 1pm and 6pm to 10pm (summer); 9am to 1pm and 5pm to 9pm (winter).
This museum in Aswan is an excellent introduction to the history and culture of the Nubians. It contains a collection of artifacts from Nubia “Land of Gold” (the region approximately between Aswan and Khartoum in Sudan) and an exhibition of Nubian culture and crafts. It also portrays the history and people of the Nile Valley from ancient times until the present, the project of UNESCO to move monuments like Abu Simbel endangered by the High Dam on lake Nasser to higher ground, and a hall containing impressive statues and tombstones from the region. It is a three story building with an outdoor exhibition area. It is a community museum with a community museum with an educational section that organizes trips, lecturers and workshops for scholars as well as cultural events for the public.
The capital of Egypt’s south, Aswan is located some 500 miles south of Cairo, and can be reached from most main cities in Egypt via plane, by first class train with sleeping compartments from the capital, or by road. Groups also regularly arrive from Luxor via cruise boat. Due to its popularity, developments to the banks will soon enable cruise tours to sail in directly from Cairo. It is serve by an airport with average of 6 return flights a day maintained by Egyptair. Traveling within Aswan can be conducted using the Taxi’s which are mainly Peugeot. In traveling with cities like Kom Ombo, Edfu, Esna, Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh this has to be conducted by bus convoy which is monitored by the police, even private taxis abide to this rule when traveling between cities.
The Local market in Aswan has conglomerate of shops selling all kind of souvenirs, gifts and local products. The Souk or market is a way to practice your haggling skills. The goods vary from brass and copper ware, clothes, perfume, leather products, gold and silver, spices. Aswan is well known for its herbs.
Hotels in Aswan offer international cuisine buffets. If you are looking for typical Egyptian food you will find many restaurants offering a variety of dishes. The Nubian Okra dish in hot tomato sauce is famous in this area as well as ful and liver sandwiches. Aswan is famous for its nuts which you will find sold everywhere. Although you might not find restaurants offering international cuisine but there are plenty of restaurants that sell typical Egyptian food near the station or the bazaar street. The corniche places in Aswan are open till midnight while the cafes in the bazaar may close a bit earlier at 10 or 11 pm.
Tourist information aurthourity:
Address: Tourist Souk, Aswan, Egypt. Tel: +2097 323297.
Address: Railway Station, Aswan, Egypt. Tel: +2097 312811