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.
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
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!
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.
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 ).
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