Mummified crocodiles displayed at Museum in Aswan
CAIRO – 23 November 2022: If you consider Aswan governorate, in southern Egypt, one of your best destinations for its pictursque nature. You will also need to know that the city hosts one of the largest international museums with mummified crocodiles.
The “Crocodile Museum” is unique to have mummified only one animal, which is the crocodile since the time of the Pharaohs, and it contains many mummified crocodiles that were revered by the ancient Egyptians during that period as they worshiped the animal in the name of the God “Sobek”.
Many Egyptian visitors and tourist groups from different countries of the world put the museum on their tourism programs.
The museum is located on the side of the Kom Ombo Temple, which is overlooking the Nile River.
Jamil Ahmed, a tour guide, spoke about this prominent museum, saying: The Crocodile Museum in Kom Ombo witnessed a wide development process, and it was opened on January 31, 2012. It was in the past dedicated to the worship of the god Sobek and his symbol of the crocodile, in addition to the worship of The great god Horus, he added.
Ahmed explained that the museum includes instructions on how to mummify crocodiles through five mummies displayed showing the stages and how to embalm crocodiles, which were done with the same precision that is followed when embalming kings or individuals in general.
He pointed out that the Crocodile Museum is the third on-site museum, next to the Amenhotep Museum in Saqqara, which displays Egyptian architecture and the antiquities of Saqqara.
And the tour guide added that the museum’s holdings include a crocodile display window in this museum, which is the largest crocodile gathering window in the whole world, and the way it is displayed leans on the sand as if it is destined to approach the shore of the Nile in the light of the moon.
Ahmed continued saying, that the museum includes 22 crocodiles out of fifty crocodiles that were found in the area near the temple and were placed in two display windows and represent different ages.