Learn about Egypt’s ‘Great River’ across 3 museums with a single ticket

Ahram Online , Tuesday 29 Aug 2023

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square has introduced a unified admission ticket, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the Nile and Life exhibition being jointly presented at the Coptic Museum, the Islamic Art Museum, and the museum in Tahrir.

The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo


This arrangement is valid from 28 August to 3 October.

The unified ticket is priced at EGP 50 for Egyptian and Arab visitors, and EGP 25 for Egyptian and Arab students.

For foreign visitors, the ticket is priced at EGP 500, and EGP 250 for foreign students.

The Islamic Art Museum is located in Darb Al-Ahmar district in Cairo, while the Coptic Museum is located in Old Cairo.

The Nile and Life exhibition is the first joint exhibition between the three museums, showcasing archaeological artefacts that reflect the significance of the Nile River throughout history, spanning from ancient Egypt to Coptic art and the Islamic era.

The exhibit at the Tahrir museum features a statue of King Amenemhat III portrayed as the deity Hapi, god of the Nile, dating to 1860 BCE to 1814 BCE.

The exhibition also includes various lectures on topics related to the history of the Nile River and ancient civilization.

Pharaohs and the Great River

In the ancient Egyptian language, Egyptians referred to the Nile as the "Great River."

They recognized its great importance, exerting great effort to dig canals to harness the river's waters for irrigation.

The Nile also served as a reference point for determining the beginning of the new year in ancient Egypt by measuring the height of the floodwaters.

The river was sacred for ancient Egyptians, who used its water for purification and other religious rituals.

They believed that those who polluted its waters would incur the wrath of the gods.

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