The Egyptian Museum

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Suusj Suusj
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The Egyptian Museum Aug 27, 2011
The Egyptian Museum,

Official name: The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Has over 200.000 items but only 120.000 are displayed. The collection is al about the ancient Egyptians.

There are two floors in the museum, ground and first floor.

The ground floor has a collection of artifacts from the New Kingdom (New Kingdom is the time periods. between 1550BC and 1069BC). It includes statues, tables, and coffins. There is also a large collection coins and papyrus.

On the first floor there are artifacts from the final two dynasties of Ancient Egypt, found in the tombs, pyramid's ans the valley of the Kings.

On the First floor there is a whole room totally dedicated to Tutankhamun, his mask and other valuable stuff. Besides the whole room dedicated, a large part of the first floor holds a lot of his belongings.

You can also visit the mummy room but you have to pay extra. The animal-mummy room can be visited for free.

We only had 2 hours. 1.15 was guided. and 45 minutes of free time. It was way to short! First of all it is so busy. We weren't the only tourist, a big part of Europe was there :-).

So we got an earphone in and our tour guide, guided us trough the museum. We got so much information and we could not hear everything because it was so busy.

Besides that it is definitely worth paying a visit.

One bad thing about the museum.... You're not allowed to take pictures inside of the museum, bummer!

Some tips.

Make sure you understand/can hear your guide because there is not a whole lot information next to the items.

It's really hot (I don't know if it was because of that there was no airco but I've read it on some other reviews as well..) So take a lot of water with you.
Front of the Egyptian museum
Egyptian museum
Front of the Egyptian museum
Front of the Egyptian museum
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chrissie6501 chrissie…
3 reviews
A building crammed with treasures Jun 16, 2011
The museum is crammed full of ancient egyptian items, sacked onto each other. There is no proper layout so generally i'd say leave plety of time to look around as it's huge. The information under each item is minmal and often non existant. It's a beautiful place you must visit but don't expect an air conditioned museum
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Johnpro Johnpro
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Amazing ! Apr 08, 2010
Just the only one Museum all over the world with so many items , but the difference is not the quantity but all the exhibits belong to them and comes from them country to see the original Egyptian ancient history !!!

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, should be a priority on the list of things to see when visiting Cairo. It would take at least a week to see all of the museum’s contents, but a brief visit can at least give a glimpse into the world’s greatest repository of more than 120,000 ancient Egyptian artefacts. It has actually been calculated that if you spend one minute at each exhibit it will take nine months to see the whole collection!

The collection of Egyptian antiquities began in the 1830s in an attempt to stem the tide of Egypt’s treasures being stolen or otherwise removed from the country. The present collection was begun by Auguste Mariette who had originally been sent to Egypt by the College de France to collect Coptic Papyri. Mariette supervised many important excavations during his thirty years in Egypt, becoming a dominant force in the development of Egyptological progress and as a guardian of the monuments. He was appointed the first Director of Ancient Monuments in Egypt and head of a new national museum at Bulaq in 1863 – the first national antiquities museum in the Middle East. The collection was then briefly transferred to an annex of Ismail Pasha’s palace at Giza when the Bulaq museum was flooded and later stored in a building in the Citadel. The present museum was officially inaugurated on November 15, 1902, in a building designed by French architect Marcel Dourgnon.

The contents of the museum date from the Prehistoric Period of Egypt through to the end of the Roman era. The exhibits are arranged in chronological order on two floors, with 42 rooms on the first floor and 47 rooms on the second plus annexes at the entrance. The ground floor consists of a large atrium which displays the largest of the exhibits, including a colossal statue of Rameses II and a massive statue pair of Amenhotep III and his wife Tiye as its focus. The best view of the rotunda is looking down from the upper gallery.

The Antiquities Museum is situated in Mariette Pasha Street on the north side of Tahrir Square (next to the Nile Hilton Hotel). Opening times are from 9.00am to 7.00pm every day. Mornings are very busy, as this is when many tour groups visit the museum and if you don’t like crowds it may be better to leave your visit until the afternoon or evening. Photography is no longer allowed inside the Museum and cameras must be left at the ticket office. All bags are x-rayed twice on entry to the Museum. Entrance to the museum costs EGP 60 and EGP 100 for the Mummy Room.

P.s , Someone sold me for some euros a Cd with Egypt pictures , so most of the pictures are from the Cd :)
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Johnpro says:
you are welcome Rosalind :) and who knows maybe revisited to the near future ! The most important thing is the uploaded photos , because not avoid the cameras :)
Posted on: Dec 21, 2011
spanishrosie says:
this brought back many happy memories of my trip to Cairo. Thanks for sharing
Posted on: Dec 21, 2011
Johnpro says:
Thank you Gents for the comments :)
As I say must be 100% the only one with exhibits to belongs to them country ! Also Paris and UK is huge but the exhibits don't belongs to them ... !
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011
alpgalip alpgalip
75 reviews
"The Egyptian Museum in Cairo" Nov 24, 2010
It is located in the center of Cairo city. There are so many governmental security around the building. The Museum is the mirror of the Egyptian History. I heard that it has more than 100000 piece of historical materials. It should be one of the best archeological museum in the world. Its not possible to enter with your camera. Its highly prohibited. There are souvenir shop and cafe. It has nice garden which is decorated with Egyptian symbols and sculptures. Everyone should visit to have more information about Egyptian culture.
Egyptian Museum - Cairo - Egypt
Egyptian Museum - Cairo - Egypt
Egyptian Museum - Cairo - Egypt
Egyptian Museum - Cairo - Egypt
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Hossam Hossam
34 reviews
The Egyptian Museum May 01, 2009
The greatest collection of Egyptian antiquities is, without doubt, that of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

To be sure, the museum can be daunting in the sheer numbers of its antiquities on show, but there is an order within its layout and it is a dream come true for anyone wanting to study Egyptian antiquities.

However, the negative side is that the environmental and display conditions leave a great deal to be desired. Labels on some exhibits date from early in the century and many items have no labels at all. Guidebooks are available at the museum, although they are limited to some of the major items.
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RH122 says:
I can spend few days in this magnificent museum :)
Posted on: Aug 09, 2009
jolene_modd jolene_m…
2 reviews
the mummie hall May 30, 2008
Extremly worth the visit, perfect oppertunity to see the famous king rameses the great in all his glory. then of course there was the wonderfull experience of the animal mummy chamber which i thought looked more like animal fosils. what was most facinating was the aligator or crocidile that had been mummified.

if you happen to visit ciaro then the egyption museum is a must see and the mummie hall is an experience that must not be missed.
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meijneke meijneke
3 reviews
Museum stuffed full of beauty Aug 01, 2008
Beautyfull museum.. but really really hot (airco didn't work). Have to turn in you photo/video camera so I don'd have anny pictures. When we got inside an arabic guy was filming the place in front of the guards so. Those rule are just for tourists...

Nevertheless.. one of the most beautifull musea i know...
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apap apap
7 reviews
Ok Museum Jul 15, 2007
I went here on July, so it was so hot. I expected air conditioning, but they didn't have it. So, I was half passed out and couldn't concentrate to see things with the heat although there were a lot of cool stuff. If you go here on winter, it's better.

Regular adult admission is about $10, but if you pay extra ( I forgot how much, it wasn't cheap compared with regular admission fee), you can go to King Tut's cool stuff.

Also, we can't bring certain things inside of the museum, so reception will take your baggage without any charge. Kids were working there, too, so I was really worried, but it was ok. It's better not to bring anything valuable. My stuff was ok, but it's not that safe. They just put it in a small box. Since I don't have any pictures of the museum, maybe even camera is not allowed. Sorry, I don't remember clearly.

My honest opinion is it's ok for the price. You can't imagine it like museums in the US or any advanced countries. I guess it's a decent museum for Africa, but it's worth going! Check it out if you are interested in.
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