Nubia Museum, Aswan

Nubia Museum, Aswan ©UNESCO

Established as part of the UNESCO International Campaign for the Establishment of the Nubia Museum in Aswan and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo, the Nubia Museum in Aswan opened to the public in November 1997 and has won widespread praise for the quality of its design and collections.

The Nubia Museum in Aswan houses finds made during excavations carried out as part of UNESCO’s International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia, threatened by the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s. Besides showcasing many of the more than 3,000 objects found during the excavations, the Museum serves as a focal point for Nubian history and culture, its collections presenting the history of Nubia from prehistory to the present day.

Designed by the Egyptian architect Mahmoud El-Hakim, with landscaping by Werkmeister & Heimer Landscape Architects (Germany) and Leila Masri of Sites International, the Museum’s exhibitions were designed by Mexican architect Pedro Ramerez Varquez. The Nubia Museum occupies a 50,000 square-metre site on the banks of the Nile at Aswan, 7,000 square metres of which are given over to the Museum building. Designed to evoke traditional Nubian village architecture and finished in local sandstone and pink granite, the Museum was one of the winners of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2001.

An international, Egyptian and Nubian community museum

One of the results of international efforts made during the UNESCO International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia from the rising waters of Lake Nasser behind the Aswan High Dam, the Nubia Museum showcases one of Egypt’s many civilizations. It also functions as a community museum for the Nubian people, having an important education programme and raising local, national and international awareness of Nubian history and culture.

In 2011, the Nubia Museum hosted an exhibition entitled ‘Common History: A Museological and Educational Approach to the Dialogue of Cultures and Civilizations.’

The Nubia Museum in Aswan hosts a research and documentation centre on Nubian archaeology, history and culture, as well as materials relating to the UNESCO International Campaign. It is surrounded by landscaped grounds that integrate it into the local topography and serve as an outdoor exhibition area on the Nubian environment.





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