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Coptic Museum (The), El Mosky

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Contact: +20 2 362 8766 /+20 2 363 9742
Open Hours: Daily 9a-5p
Established in 1908 to preserve Coptic Christian artifacts from destruction, this renovated old building houses the world's largest collection of Coptic art. Its two wings contain fabulous artifacts (both secular and religious) produced by Copts throughout the ages. Exhibits are arranged roughly in chronological order, with the upper floor housing an exhibition of Nubian paintings salvaged from villages before they were flooded by the Aswan High Dam in the 1950s and 1960s. Worth a look are the wonderful examples of paintings and textiles, as well as metal, wood, glass and ivory craftsmanship. If you're a history buff, check out the Nag Hammadi documents on the top floor.