Solar Boat Museum
Who would have thought a boat that was found in the nineteen fifties, which was buried for thousands of years before its discovery, could make such an impression on tourists? Well, it was in fact made up of hundreds of wooden planks and pieces and an Egyptian architect spent at least twenty years putting it back into its former shape. Legend, and the discovery, has it that no nails or bolts were used when the Solar Boat was constructed all those years back. Some say that it could possibly be the oldest boat in the world.
The boat is housed in a specially made glass museum beside the Pyramids of Giza. The visit to the Solar Boat Museum is not included in the entrance fee, thus a separate ticket needs to be purchased.
The history of the boat is simply that this was built approximately two thousand five hundred years before Christ for King Keops’ travel to the afterlife after his death. On display are additional artifacts that were found when the boat was discovered. These include hammers, ropes, twines, oars, meshes and black and white photos of the time of discovery.
The discovery of the Solar Boat, its restoration and its current preservation can only be described as amazing. As with most sites in Egypt, it is recommended to ask the service of a tour guide. They are able to tell details that guide books may not have printed.
It would be considered a must to visit the Pyramids of Giza and add the Solar Boat Museum to the list of stops. On a hot summer day, the air conditioned building brings well deserved comfort from the heat.