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“A splendid open-air museum”
Review of Memphis Museum

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Ranked #43 of 326 things to do in Cairo
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

In my previous review, I've given some account generally on the historical site of the old capital of the Egypt, i.e. the Memphis. Now, I'd like to have some words on Memphis Museum in Cairo.
The trip from Cairo, since the nowadays Cairo is one real megapolis with almost 27 millions of inhabitants, both in narrower part of the city and in all suburbs, only takes 45 minutes, with 20 km to the south. It is founded in the First Dynasty (3100 before the Christ) by King Narmar. After the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt, it became the capital city, and throughout the Old Kingdom, it remained the capital of Ancient Egypt. At times, it was extremely large city.
The name Memphis is derived from the Ancient Egyptian name called Min Nefer. The excavations on this site has continued for the last two hundreds years.
Here, we have got the local God of Memphis, called Ptah, the God of creation and workmen.
The most impressive of all the artefacts is for sure, a limestone colossus of the King Ramses II, about 10 meters long , but without the feet. Also, here we can see a giant alabaster Sphinx, weighing more than 80 tons. Not to forget, that there is, also the granite statues of King Ramses II and granite coffins and commemorative tablets.
Fee for entance is 21 LE.

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Reviewed 10 March 2013

very good, very nice, i like to know more about Memphis Museum, so important that everyone should know the history

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Reviewed 20 September 2012

Memphis is the oldest capital of united Egypt, after king Mina or Nar-Mer move the capital from middle of Egypt to the north of Egypt.
Ptah is The main God worshiped in Memphis, with his wife Sekhmet and his son Nefer-tum.
This museum has a very nice collection which we discover in the area, and the most important there is the great statue of king Ramses ll and the Alabaster Sphinx in the Garden.
Also there is some beautiful statues for Ptah, Sekhmet & Ramses.

1  Thank Aiman_Madany
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

This open air museum houses two large Ramses statues and the alabaster sphinx.

There are many other bits of ruins and sculptures. There is a fee for entrance and there are several vendors inside the museum that will push all the same junk you have seen since you arrived at the airport 100 times over again.

The museum will take about 45 minutes maximum. There are bathroom facilities and places for drinks and eating around the museum.

Thank ExplorerXYZ
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

If you're in the area, by all means visit this museum. It's not very large, and it's mostly outside, but it's neat. There are lots of statues outside, but the best one is inside. It's a massive statue of Ramses II. He's laying down, and you can go up to an observation deck so you can get a good look at him. It's really neat, because you can see levels of detail that wouldn't be possible to see if he were standing. You can even see where the carver carved in a very subtle beard strap.

Thank Kbochick
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