Planed by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, the Archeological Museum in El Kharga Oasis was built from local bricks. Echo the architectural style of the constructions at El Bagawat, the museum houses a wide collection of objects discovered in the archeological sites of the oasis together with other finds and antiquities from El-Dakhla Oasis. The museum's exhibits and artifacts belong to different eras: the Prehistoric, Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic and Islamic Periods. On the first two stories of the museum are displayed the various exhibits that echo life and culture of the oasis over history. The first floor shows a collection of ostrich eggs; prehistoric items used by the primitive man; Pharaonic funerary tools; the false-door stela of Khent-Ka (of the Old Kingdom); as well as some fragments from the Tomb of Im-Pepi (of the Sixth Dynasty). Also on display is a wide collection and exciting finds of glass, ceramics, and coins discovered in the oasis. This collection date back to the Roman times. The important collection of the Greek and Coptic wooden 'notebooks/documents' (known as the Kellis Wooden Panels) is also on display. Dating back to the Roman times, such documents are well renowned for containing accounts and payments in kind by tenant farmers as well as details of marriage contracts and letters that mirror the oasis lifestyle over history. On the second floor, there are a wide collection of Coptic and Islamic religious items, artifacts, important documents and books.
Visiting El-Bagawat Necropolis
The Necropolis of El-Bagawat lies behind the Temple of Hibis in El Kharga Oasis. Built of mud brick, the cemetery comprises more than 260 tombs that resemble small churches from the Christian era. The oldest tomb dates back to the 3rd century and the latest to the 7th century. In the middle of the c