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Khufu Boat Museum

Tuesday، 19 September 2017 - 03:27 PM

Built in the shadow of the Great Pyramid at Giza, the Khufu Boat Museum houses the largest royal vessel ever found in Egypt. Discovered in 1954, this boat had been dismantled in ancient times and placed in a pit to the south of the pyramid. A second boat still lies in a similar pit directly to the west of the first pit. Scholars are divided over whether these boats were symbolic solar barks for the king to use in his afterlife, or funeral boats, used to transport Khufu’s funerary equipment to his pyramid.

Reconstructed over the course of 13 years of work, the boat dominates the interior of the museum. Ramps and stairs allow the visitor to see the boat from various angles and at different levels. The museum’s display also includes photographs of the excavation and restoration of the boat as well as samples of ancient rope and other boat-related materials. Labels are in Arabic and English
Giza Plateau, next to the Great Pyramid
By taxi: ask for “al-Haram”
The museum is not wheelchair-accessible. Photography is permitted.

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