Alexandria Art Galleries
Alexandria is a good place for those with an eye for art and contains several excellent collections of important paintings and impressive sculptures. Of particular significance is THE Museum of Fine Arts, which is located along Mansha Street and dates back to 1954, when it was built on land gifted to the city's governorate.
Previously known as the 'Hussein Sobhy Museum', after the governor of Alexandria who was once an important part of the city's strong arts movement, the Museum of Fine Arts contains a large, permanent collection of Egyptian works and features around 1,500 pieces in total.
Also of interest is the Royal Jewellery Museum, which has become known not only for its fine jewellery and precious treasures, but also for its ancient paintings.
Museum of Fine Arts
Address: 6 Mansha Street, Moharam Bek, Alexandria, Egypt, EG
Tel: +20 03 393 6616
Housing an internationally acclaimed collection, the sculptures, paintings and architectural works displayed here are must-sees on any trip to Alexandria. Mixing both contemporary and ancient works of Egyptian origin and others, this comprehensive art museum is well worth a day's exploration. The museum also hosts the Alexandria Biennial, when Mediterranean works are displayed in a special exhibition.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 18:00
Royal Jewellery Museum
Address: Zizinia, Alexandria, Egypt, EG
Of interest to those who have a penchant for jewellery, this specialist museum is situated in the Zizinia district. Formerly the palace of Fatma el-Zahara, the building is architecturally interesting. Inside are many rare paintings, statues and decorations as well as the enormous royal collection of jewels from the Mohamed Ali Dynasty.
Open hours: daily 09:00 - 16:00