Zeb and Soapy Duck See Khufu’s boat and Visit Papyrus Institute in Cairo

Before leaving the Giza Pyramid Complex, we visited the Khufu Boat Museum.

Khufu boat museum

After entering the museum, the humans were given booties to cover their shoes.

Shoe covers to walk in museum

These shoe covers were really huge on Soapy’s mom.   You can also see she is holding a bag with souvenirs from the pyramid venders.   Inside the museum is the Khufu ship.   The ship was sealed into a pit in the Giza pyramid complex at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza around 2500 BC.

Khufu’s boat

The ship was almost certainly built for Khufu (King Cheops), the second pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.  It was apparently part of the extensive grave goods intended for use in the afterlife.  Khufu’s ship is one of the oldest, largest and best preserved vessels from antiquity.  It is 143 ft (43.6 m) long and 19.5 ft (5.9 m) wide.   Believed to be the world’s oldest intact ship and a masterpiece of woodcraft that could sail today if put into water.

Khufu’s boat

The first photo is from the internet and has a better view of the entire boat.   This photo shows us with Khufu’s boat inside the museum.   First we viewed items on the lower floor and explanations about reassembling the boat.   Then up the stairs to see the completed boat from this level and view.   This is a museum you will enjoy if you have an interest in this ancient boat.

Leaving the pyramids, our next stop was 3 Pyramid Papyrus Institute.

Showing us how Papyrus is made

First we learned the ancient way of making papyrus.

Papyrus Institute

Many intricate finished works were on display and many were for sale.   Soapy’s mom made some purchases.   Mom took Soapy and me outside to look around.   As soon as we crossed the street, our bus driver joined us.

Our driver

He is our friend and didn’t want us to be alone.   We were happy to see this.

Goats coming toward us

These humans had goats walking down the area between the roads.   We like goats.  Time for lunch now.   Back on the bus and to a nice restaurant on the edge of Cairo.

Patio of restaurant

We wandered around the patio area after lunch.

Famous Egyptian actor with friends

We were told that this is a famous group of humans and that one gentlemen is a famous movie star.   We don’t know him, but it was fun to see.  Behind the patio was an area with this donkey cart.

Cart ride for young humans

The young human is having fun riding in the cart.   Well, time for us to leave now.   There are more things for us to see in Cairo.