October War Panorama, Cairo

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#15 of 109 in Museums in Cairo
The 6th of October War Panorama is a museum and memorial to the 1973 October war, located in Heliopolis, Cairo. Constructed over an area of 7.5 feddans (around 32.000 square meters), it was inaugurated on 5 October 1989 by former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. It was built as a cylindrical fort-like building molded in Islamic architectural style with partial assistance from a group of North Korean architects and is run by the Egyptian National Military Museums Department.
Waiting areaThe visitors are directed to a waiting area until the Panorama is open. The waiting area is an outdoor area with food kiosks and vendors which sell souvenirs.
Outdoors displayThe spacious outdoors display area lies across from the Panorama building. In it are shown military vehicles that were used in the war. These include tanks, aircraft and weaponry that belonged to both Egypt and Israel. The Panorama itself also contains many weapons, models and reliefs showing the course of war.
First hallThe show, a 15-minute documentary on the war starts in the first hall. The film was made in the 1990s. Narration is in 11 languages.
Second hallVisitors sit on a rotating platform to view a 360 degree war film featuring Egyptian soldiers storming the Bar-Lev Line on the Suez Canal, which is documented on a huge mural. There are also 3D figures on the wall while a narrator describes the war.
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  • This place tells a story. A story about the valiantness of soldiers and animals. There are tanks and dragonflies in the museum's grounds. Spin the hospital with a tone to explain the incident! If you like the history of the generation, this place will suit you. For family, it's a great place for kids.
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  • October War was fought between Egypt and Syria against Israel in 1973, with the aim of liberating Sinai and Golan occupied by Israel since 1967's 6-day war. Unlike the other wars, it didn't end up in ...  more »
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  • Fun for all museum! Kids love the tanks and fighter planes on the museum grounds! Excellent depiction of the October 1973 war and the events that led up to it. Best of all is the revolving theatre showing the events with audio explanation! Fantastic! After seeing the first construction of this museum at the end of the 80’s last century, I had the chance of visiting this finished museum as explanation of Egyptian history but also the painting as a work of art. There are many panorama paintings around the world but this is definitely one of the largest and most intriguing.
  • The recent refurbishment is actually great. I did love the newly added halls which integrated with the actually existing ones to offer an updated view of Egypt's rich history. A must-go place!
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