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The Agricultural Museum

Even if you have no interest in agriculture, check out this museum. Of the 125 thousand square meters, only  20 thousand are given over to the museum building, of which another 20 percent are a riot of rare flowers and  plants.  The extensive gardens are an oasis of peaceful greenery in a capital city with a frenetic pace. Originally the palace of the Princess Fatma, daughter of the Khedive Ismail, it took the Ministry of Agriculture eight  years to prepare the palace, which was opened as a museum in 1938. It contains 10 halls, some of which are  closed. There’s something for everyone. Bread, a vital part of life in Egypt, gets its own hall, with everything from different  kinds of wheat to a machine used for filtering flour in ancient Egypt. Take a walk though the Egyptian countryside  on the ground floor. And bug fans can get all fluttery over the insect collection, which actually contains a display  of rare luminous bugs.

AlAlamein Museum

Town in north east of Egypt, located near the Mediterranean Sea. It is 326 km northwest of Cairo, El Alamein  (or Al Alamayn)  is a town in northern Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea coastin Matruh Governorate. It is located  106 kilometres (66 mi) west of Alexandria and 240 kilometres (149 mi) northwest of Cairo. The population was approximately 7,397 people, as of 2007.[1]
Until recently it has mainly been a port facility for shipping oil, but like the whole north coast of Egypt is now  developing as a luxury resort for elite tourism.
El Alamein played a major role in the outcome of World War II. Two extended battles were fought in that area: · At the First Battle of El Alamein (July 1 – July 27, 1942) the advance of Axis troops on Alexandria was blunted by the Allies, when the German Panzers tried to outflank the allied position. · At the Second Battle of El Alamein (October 23 – November 4, 1942) Allied forces broke the Axis line and forced them in a retreat that pushed them …

Abdeen Palace

Abdeen Palace was built in 1863 on an area of 25-feddan by Egyptian, Italian, French
 and Turkish architects. It was in 1872 that this luxurious palace became the seat of the
 government.

In the late eighties, President Mubarak ordered that the palace, one of the most beautiful in the
 world, be completely restored, to form part of Egypt's heritage. Restoration work took
 longer than expected as the old palace was badly damaged during the strong 1992
 earthquake that hit Egypt.
Abdeen Palace is one of the most famous palaces erected during the reign of
 Mohamed Ali Pasha's Dynasty, and was the seat of the government between 1872
 and 1952. During this eventful period, Abdeen Palace witnessed unforgettable
 events that undoubtedly affected Egypt's modern and contemporary history.

The palace was built in
1863 under the order of Khedive Ismail, and was named after Abdeen Bay, one
 of the army commanders under Mohamed Ali Basha. In 1872, Khedive Ismail moved to
 …