9. Get a Secret Elevated View of the Temple of Dendur

A overhead view of the formerly named Sackler Wing where the Temple of Dendur stands.

You can enjoy a little-known, elevated view of the Temple of Dendur and the Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo-designed grand space from the Japanese Art Reading Room (Gallery 232) on the second floor of the wing. From this vantage point, to can appreciate all of the elements that went into the exhibit’s design, from the reflective pool to the expansive windows.

Looking at the space from above, you can see how the steep riverbank the Temple stood on, and the rocky slope that the rear walls were set into, are mimicked by the wing’s granite slabs. Granite, rather than sandstone, was used for durability.