Karnak Open Air Museum

Karnak Open Air Museum

One of the places in Luxor that is unexplainably ignored is the Karnak Open Air Museum. One has to pay an additional fee to enter the museum, but it is well worth it. There are two significant temples and a rare bit of Akhnaton wall and quite a number of fragments of the original Karnak buildings.

There are magnificent carvings of hieroglyphics, weaved baskets, relics and ancient discoveries on display.  There is also an Alabaster shrine of Amenhotep I reveals the exquisite slender figures of the king offering to the empire god Amon, who was the chief god of Karnak. The red chapel of Hatshepsut is yet one of those awesome places that very few people get to see. During its discovery, it was thought o be mere rubble until it was rebuilt to what one sees today.

The museum displays exhibits from many parts of the South Nile Valley including temples and structures that is still being worked on. The Karnak Open Air Museum is yet to be entirely discovered. The latest little temple was opened in January 2013, which leaves even more hidden under the sands of time.

Due to very few people visiting the museum, or knowing about it for that matter, one is often alone in the magnificent area. To get the full effect and knowledge that goes with the relics, one should make use of the services of a tour guide.