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
May – 1 Ramadan: daily
8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Ramadan: daily 8:30 AM-3:00 PM
End of Ramadan-1 May: daily 8:30 AM-4:00
Egyptian: LE 4 (LE 2, students)
Foreign: LE 40 (LE 20, students)
rates available to bearers of a valid student
an Egyptian university
or an International Student ID Card
Plateau, next to the Great Pyramid
taxi: ask for “al-Haram”
The museum is not wheelchair-accessible.
Photography is permitted.
FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED.