Founded in 1858 by French archaeologist Auguste Mariette (whose tomb is in the museum's garden), the giant salmon-colored ... More
Founded in 1858 by French archaeologist 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 eclectic 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.
While this museum is somewhat difficult to maneuver due to the less-than-optimal layout, one must tour the King Tut relics on the upper floor, including the funerary mask, the two inner coffins, jewelry, and the canoptic vessels which held his organs. Additionally, much more is offered to see, but it's not all well labelled. It is best to review the layout and read up on the artifacts prior to your visit, as there is no map provided by the museum itself. There are two separate mummy rooms, one of which holds the mummy of Ramses II, which require an additional ticket purchase. Cameras are not allowed.
I really enjoyed the museum as I enjoy learning about historical events. The King Tut exhibit was great and there is so much stuff from the Pharaoh's periods. I am glad I got to see all the history of Egypt when I was in Cairo in 1990.
The whole museum is set up where you need a tour guide to explain the objects in the museum since ALMOST NOTHING is labeled. Tour guides cost about 50 EP for 1 hour tour. Get a tour book of the museum and a map layout of what is shown inside.
The Egyptian Museum is an absolute MUST SEE - if you are visiting Egypt. We enjoyed it even more than the trip to the Pyramids and Sphinx.
Everything was great..King Tut, the mummies, the early phaoroah statues etc...Ankhnetan/Nefertiti etc..
it was the most magical experience of my entire life i was so wrapped up in the atmosphere it was amazing i come from perth werstern australia so i flew over to cairo in january i only just found this sight but i encourange nearly every on ei meet to go there visit it and i promise you'll never regret it!
If you are a history buff and can stand on your feet for a whole day this is the place for you. We spent a half a day there with our Egyptologist guide. The tour we took covered the basics and it was all we needed with all that we were about to see and had seen thus far in our trip. You must pay the extra $12 to get into the Mummy Room!
IF YOU ARE INTO EGYPTOLOGY LIKE I AM DO NOT GO FOR A QUICK VISIT,IT IS JUST FASCINATING HOW YOU SEE ARTIFACTS FROM ALL DIFFERENT DYNASTIES IN ONE AWESOME PLACE THAT IS THIS MUSEUM, JUST GOT BACK FROM THERE FOR NY SECOND VISIT AND I THINK I WILL NEVER GET TTIRED OF VISITING IT. ENJOY A FULL DAY THERE..... PLEASE.
The museum is awesome. You could spend days roaming about. Tutankhamen's tomb is stunning. There is a special section which contains the royal mummies which requires a seperate ticket( go only if you are really interested in mummies ).
there are too many valuable things, I am sure that this musem have more valuable things more than all musems on earth together.
there are alot of gold, you wont blevie it!
you must dedicate 1 month for this musem
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