Museums in Sharm el Sheikh

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Sharm el Sheikh is rooted deep in history and culture, but surprisingly enough there is a substantial lack of museums and galleries throughout the city. If you are looking for a museum/gallery type of vacation, Cairo would be more apt to accommodate in that area. Here are some suggestions for museums and galleries in Sharm el Sheikh:

El-Arish/Sinai Heritage Museum

This museum is considered one of the most important centers for Bedouin handicrafts on the Sinai Peninsula. The museum itself is dedicated to the Bedouins, and displays many handicrafts, artifacts, and textiles that represent their culture. This museum is opened Saturday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2.p.m.

St. Catherine Monastery

This monastery is a must do on any list while visiting the Sharm el Sheikh area. This site is an official UNESCO World Hertitage Site and the site where Moses is supposed to have see the burning bush. The Monastery houses many fascinating works of art, some dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries, and includes intriguing mosaics, chalices, and church buildings. The monastery is located at the foot of Mount Sinai (the site where Moses supposedly received the Ten Commandments from God) in Saint Katherine City. This site is not to be missed.

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