History Of Al Wadi Al GadidThe Museum of El Wadi El Gedid is among the most important highlights of the governorate and it illustrates the history of the whole region. Visiting the museum is highly recommended for any tourists who love arts and Egyptian history.
Displays From The Pharaonic Period
Due to the importance that El Wadi El Gedid held during the Pharaonic period of Egyptian history, the Museum of El Wadi El Gedid has some of the most remarkable displays dating back to then.
The Pharaonic displays of El Wadi El Gedid Museum include a collection of knives and scarpers that date to the pre-dynastic period and a large collection of containers and vessels of several sizes, shapes, and uses that all date back to the Old Kingdom.
There is also a notable collection of red pottery that was famous during the Old Kingdom period in El Wadi El Gedid in general and in El Kharga in particular. Some portraits and motifs that were gathered from many Pharaonic Temples and historical sites from all around El Wadi El Gedid like from the Temple of Hibis, the Temple of Nadura, and the Temple of Ghweita.
The Pharaonic displays of El Wadi El Gedid include wonderful graffiti that were transferred from historical sites from all around the governorate especially the one made of mortar portraying the life in an oasis in the ancient times that is painted in a remarkable dark red color.
Displays From The Greco-Roman Period
The Romans, the same as many other dynasties that ruled over Egypt, gave special attention to El Wadi El Gedid. They did so because it is one of the important gates and defensive lines of the land around the Nile.
The displays of the Greco Roman period of El Wadi El Gedid Museum include a wonderful collection of masks, pieces of coffins, and some examples of cartonnage. There are also some complete coffins that are richly decorated with colored ornaments and different shapes.
There are many containers, vessels, and cups made out of pottery from different sizes and shapes and date back to the Roman period, a collection of jewelery made out of gems, precious stones, and a selection of statues of gods and goddesses that were made out of wood.
The same as the Pharaonic displays of El Wadi El Gedid Museum, the Greco Roman collection also contains some notable wall paintings and carvings especially the notable one portraying the god Amun, the king of the gods in ancient Egypt.
Displays From The Coptic And Islamic Periods
Due to the fact that the Egyptian Copts have resorted to the area of El Wadi El Gedid after the injustice they have been exposed to by the Roman Emperors in the early Christian days in Egypt and because of Muslims gave special attention to the region of Southern Egypt and specifically to El Wadi El Gedid when they took control of Egypt.
The Coptic and the Islamic collection of this museum is interesting and noteworthy and includes a large number of Coptic icons, copper and bronze crosses, colored portrays of the Christ, the Virgin Mary, and many other Christian saints, a number of wooden objects, and some rare Coptic manuscripts.
On the other hand, the Islamic collection has many distinctive lamps that were used to light up the mosques in the old days, Quran inscriptions written on wood and paper, a large collection of pottery and containers, and some collections of weapons that were used during the Islamic period.