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“Lovely objects, poor accessibility”

Alexandria National Museum
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US$71.50*
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Private Customizable Day Tour to Alexandria from Cairo
Ranked #10 of 76 things to do in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: More than 1800 archaeological pieces are exhibited chronologically from one floor to the next: the basement is devoted to Prehistoric and Pharonic times; first floor to the Graeco-Roman period; second floor to the Coptic and Islamic era that highlights artifacts raised during recent underwater excavations.
Reviewed 6 November 2011

Visited the museum as part of a tour group, and as a museum professional I was keen to see the exhibits and the museum layout. The museum itself is impressive from the outside, being as it was originally an early 20th century palace built for a wealthy merchant, and the exhibits are on three floors. The objects are well-chosen but unimaginatively exhibited, although the state-of-the-art cases use the limited space well. But by the time I'd been marched around the exhibits being lectured by a guide, I was beginning to lose the will to live. I peeled off and did my own thing (which made the guide very unhappy) and finally got to study and enjoy the beautiful collections in my own time, even though I was surrounded by numerous crocodiles of weary tourists being herded around the cases and lectured by their very loud guides, who had to shout to make themselves heard above the din. Maybe it was just 'tourist day' in the museum, but it would put anyone off from going back - it certainly did for me. If you go, go as an independent visitor, I'm sure you'll get much more from the visit.

Also, if you're wheelchair-bound, don't bother - tiny lift, daunting entry, and labels not very accessible. It's a museum made for political statement, and to educate and enthrall everyone interested in the history of Alexandria, this museum needs to be more involving and accessible.

1  Thank Helen C
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"limited space"
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"greco roman"
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"english signage"
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"different periods"
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"modern era"
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"muslim world"
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"ancient egypt"
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"two hours"
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"on display"
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"interesting things"
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

Organized, small collection, no photography permitted.

Thank G L
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

This is an excellent, modern museum with some very interesting exhibits and a small shop plus coffee shop. Not large like the Cairo museum but well laid out and interpreted.

1  Thank flowerlady64
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Reviewed 21 October 2011

The Museum is a doable, but slightly long, walking distance from the Alexandria library but taking a microbus would definitely be easier and taxis are cheap. When you see a microbus just yell, mah-taf il-scan-der-E-ah and it should stop if headed in that direction. Get off once you pass the park and see a stone contemporary water fountain. The building is a white small mansion.

Plus: Descriptions on objects. There is also a good amount of history to be learned from black signs in each room. They don't describe objects specifically but instead give overview--very helpful.

Downside: Every staff member was on the phone. They don't wear a uniform so it took me a while to realize that they were not just fellow museum-goers. Instead of having a staff member in each room, they tend to follow you around as you go around. I found it highly uncomfortable. It actually detracted from my experience. I have such a respect for historical artifacts that I wouldn't think to steal something, much less touch it, but perhaps they have had problems in the past, idk. I just wish they would stay off phone and not stare.

Admission: 20LE for students--card needed, but passport may work [wahid taz-a-kir bah-taa-leb/ le-bah (if girl) min-fad-lick] ; 40 or 50 LE for adults, non-egyptians

It is a short visit trip

3  Thank Alexandra G
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

We went to the Alexandria National Musuem after discovering that the Graeco-Roman Museum was still closed. It is well set out, clean and a great little museum. Everything has a plaque which was helpful. There are some amazing treasures in there.Well done!!

2  Thank Finz2010
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