The Archeological Museum is located in Salah Salem St in the city of Ismailiya. Its garden houses fragments of a stela established by Darius. This stela commemorates the finalization of the first freshwater canal which lies 8km north of Suez. At the museum’s entrance, there is a sphinx said to be found during the foundation of the Canal. The steal is gracefully decorated with carvings, hieroglyphics, and writings in Persian, Babylonian and Elamite. The museum has a fine collection of mosaic pavements, one of which represents Phaedra and Hippolytus and the Dionysiac mysteries. It houses antiquities from the Canal Zone as well as more than 4000 Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic and Islamic objects found in the governorate of Ismailiya. It also shows Graeco-Egyptian terracottas and bronze figures from Tell el-Maskhuta. Gracefully exhibited at the museum is a great collection of statues, scarabs, records of the first canal built between the Bitter Lakes and Bubastis by the Persian ruler Darius, and illustrations of the Battle of Ismailiya and of the “Crossing” of October 1973.