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Must-Visit Hidden Gems on International Museum Day

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Must-Visit Hidden Gems on International Museum Day
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Malak Gharib
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With International Museum Day right around the corner on May 18th, we are all ready to take a deep dive into history and the arts as we explore hidden gems around Egypt. Renowned for its rich history and artisan tapestry, packed with breathtaking art, monuments, and fossils dating back 7000 years, here is your ultimate guide for museums you must visit on International Museum Day. 


Egyptian Geology Museum (2 EGP for adults)

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Established in 1901, explore the world of fossils in the first museum of its kind in Egypt and the region! The Egyptian Geology Museum, located in Maadi, is a hub gathering the fossils of dinosaurs and living creatures dating back thousands of years. As you explore this trip through the ages, remember to pass by the rocks section of the museum, where you can spot a rock brought straight from the moon’s surface. The museum is highly recommended for children interested in dinosaurs due to its vast collection of dinosaur fossils. The Egyptian Geology Museum welcomes visitors daily from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday, for an adventure not to b e missed. 


Prince Mohamed Ali Palace (Al Manial Palace) (100 EGP for adults) 

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Be prepared to go on a royal voyage as you soak in Prince Mohamed Ali Palace’s Ottoman architecture dating back to 1875. Al Manial Palace is a go-to for all art and history enthusiasts looking to travel back in time with designs and architecture from the late 19th century. Constructed to revive Islamic art, the palace beautifully blends Egyptian Islamic art and Ottoman architecture, producing a harmonious masterpiece not to be missed.


Mahmoud Mukhtar Museum (10 EGP for adults)

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The incredible work of renowned Egyptian sculptor Mahmoud Mukhtar can be found in the magnificent museum named after him in Zamalek. Art enthusiasts can marvel at his many sculptures in an art gallery-like experience, commemorating the work of the late artist. Mokhtar is considered significant as the father of modern Egyptian sculpture – so pay the museum a visit to reflect on his legacy with artisan pieces that touch the soul and stimulate the mind!


Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum (30 EGP for Egyptians) 

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Immerse yourself in artistic pieces and marvellous architecture at Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum, bringing a blend of artistic splendour and historical value that takes you back in time to 1962. Home to 304 paintings by 143 artists and around 50 sculptures by 14 artists, the museum’s rare collection includes a number of works by world-renowned artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edouard Manet, and Berthe Morisot. The one-of-a-kind art experience is nestled in Al Dokki, welcoming visitors daily from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm except for Fridays.


Mahmoud Said Museum (entry free of charge) 

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Located in Alexandria’s San Stefano, the Mahmoud Said Museum is a cultural hub gathering three museums in one location, inclusive of all forms of art: a museum of modern Egyptian art in the basement, the Mahmoud Said museum on the ground floor, and the Adham and Seid Wanly museum on the upper floor. This artistic experience is truly one-of-a-kind as you explore various eras, creative techniques, and forms. Brace yourself to be inspired like you have never been!