The museum is situated on a hilltop near the old Cataract
hotel. It was constructed under the auspices of UNESCO at
the aim of preserving and illustrating the civilization and
heritage of the Nubia.
The project cost about 60 million L.E. and was inaugurated
on 23rd November 1997. The building of the museum is distinguished
for its Nubian-style architecture.
The museum displays about 3000 artifacts, not only belonging
to the Nubian regions. The museum has also a gallery dedicated
for contemporary work of Nubian artists, an academic library
and an open-air theatre.