Founded in 1858 by French archeologist Auguste Mariette (whose tomb is in the museum's garden), the giant salmon-colored ... More
Founded in 1858 by French archeologist Auguste Mariette (whose tomb is in the museum's garden), the giant salmon-colored building was built in 1902 under Khedive Abbas II Helmi. Housing one of the world's greatest collections of Egyptian artifacts, it boasts more than 136,000 artifacts from every period of pre-Islamic Egyptian history. It would be impossible to see everything in one go (allowing 60 seconds at each exhibit it would take nine months to see them all), so it is best to plan several visits if time allows. The exhibits on the ground floor are arranged more or less chronologically running clockwise with an ecclectic sample of Pharaonic highlights in the atrium. Don't miss the highly-lauded Amarna collection tucked away at the back. Upstairs are priceless treasures from the Tomb of Tutankhamun, the museum's crowning glory. Also on the top floor is the Mummy Room, which reopened in 1994 after years of controversy and contains the mummies of Egypt's mightiest Pharaohs.
It is indeed a treasure trove, but a terribly disorganized one. As a former museum professional, I was horrified at the condition of the buildings and exhibits and the inappropriate display of priceless artifacts. I strongly suggest you take a guide book, as there is very minimal labeling.
As in most places I went in Egypt, as a young woman I was often harassed, and the security guards tend to take no notice. In the Egyptian museum, while perusing an exhibit, I was cornered by a man demanding sexual favors. It is very difficult to take in much of Egyptian culture because you can be constantly interrupted and harassed. What a shame!
I'm proud to have seen amazing works of art in person (hence the fairly high value rating), but saddened by the whole experience. It is true what they say about the lighting, as well. I sometimes feel that looking at my professionally photographed books and catalogs of Egyptian art provide me with a much better view of the objects than seeing them in person - in dark, dusty, cluttered shelves.
Given the enormity of the collection the best bit of advice I can give is to hire one of the many guides that work at the museum. This is easily done as they'll approach you!!
What not to do: take 2 children under 5, the lure of seeing treasure soon disappears. The museum isn't toddler buggy friendly, there are numerous stairs to negotiate.
If in Cairo don't miss the museum, but as the guidebooks advise get there either early or late to avoid the coach trips.
This magical place was built in the 19th century to house the wonders of ancient Egypt, but the collection quickly grew too large. The process of getting into the museum, registering bags and cameras, and then being searched on your way inside is as painful as it sounds. But once inside I was rendered breathless at the huge collection - highlights include the Narmer Palette, King Tut's golden mask and treasures, the Amarna room, and the colossal Amenhotep III and Tiye statues. The organisation of the museum is bizarre, with stuff lying around everywhere, bad lighting, little attempt to highlight any exhibits of particular importance or beauty, and only a vague chronological sequence. But I spent hours in here looking around, and had to come back again and again! For all of it, the museum's eccentricities are part of its charm, and I could come back here and still be stunned into silence.
The collection of artefacts is breathtaking. You need 2 days to see everything and take it in properly. The downside is that the surroundings don't do justice to the exhibits. The whole place is drab, the display cases are old and a lot of the exhibits are not labeled. What labels there are have been done on a typwriter which gives you an idea of how old they are. But the worst part is the lighting. The lights are ancient and inefficient. You can hardly see some of the exhibits, particularly late in the day. It's a real shame that they can't spend a bit of cash to improve the lighting.
I was impressed by th level of security at the museum. I work in an industry where security should not be noticed, and that was certainly the case. Knowing what to look for, it was quite amazing. The King Tut museum was breathtaking. Seeing his artificats made the entire trip worth it. I ould definitely recommend the room of the Royal Mummies. The extra ticket is well worth the price. The only dissappointment was the lack of labels for most of the lesser known artificats. I had to stop several times, take a deep breath and remember that I was blessed to be in an environment of such rich information that affected so many lives.
Back to the history, yes, but to the histery too.
Of course, I liked it, because once there, is like all that I had read and seen in books or documentals were in front of me. Whas a pitty that the Mommies room was closed -nobody said why-.
I dislike how it can get crowed in some minutes. I missed some chronological order in some room. Of course, the Museum needs a new place -I heard next to Pyramids- to expose all it contains.
Why is forbidden enter with mobile or camera? I have seen lots of ppl using their cam mobile and nobody said nothing.
Lovelly garden and cafeteria.
Egyptian Museum, feels like you are going back in time. It's artifacts are awsome. Our guide gave us a great tour, and then we were on our own to explore. The museum is so big, you need a couple of days to really check it out. Hard to believe all these things were put inside the burial rooms. Didn't get a chance to see the mummy room. I heard it was fantastic. When you walk in the museum,its like going back in time. Its totally an awsome piece of history and culture,
disappointed to see so much of history lying unaccounted, unlabeled & gathering dust. Majority of the exhibits have no labels. Whatever have the labels, it is so difficult to lean forward close to the ground or use a magnifying glass to read them. As usual touts/guides are a nuisance like all over egypt. The museum has no air-conditioning, so don't forget to take water with you to beat the heat.
not going again for sure.
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