Officially called the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, downtown Cairo's star attraction is more like a warehouse than a traditional museum. The organization may be a bit chaotic but it's worth it to spend at least half a day wandering the museum's two main floors. The highlight of the Pharonic treasures here are without a doubt the mummies of famous Egyptian Pharaohs. Queen Hatshepsut is the most recently discovered mummy here, while the remains of King Tutankhamen's tomb is the most visited attraction. The 24-pound gold mask of King Tut's face is a featured attraction.
Incredible history; King Tut artifacts galore, collections of oddities plus significant historical pieces that never leave the museum. Dark and somewhat hard to see in many areas of the museum, but an important must see.It is surprising that many large artifacts are left out in the open where people can touch them when passing by. Some areas of the museum are packed shoulder to shoulder with people, so there is a good deal of shuffling to get up close to the exhibits, especially around anything connected with King Tut.Be sure to go into the small alcove rooms on the perimeter of the main rooms, expecially at the rear of the museum. These rooms are fairly dark, but have exhibits worth seeing. If there is a huge crowd of people, it may be hard to notice the doorways into these rooms, just travel around the perimeter before leaving each floor... the ones I remember are on the second floor at the rear.
Wow. What an awesome Museum! I personally have always been fascinated by ancient egyptian history so this place was just a treasure trove (literally!) filled with all kinds of artifact. The ancient Egyptians were a crazy lot I tell you with sisters marrying half brothers and Kings pretending to be the progeny of gods to gain power and what not. I'd say you need at least 2h here if not 3h to take this place in fully. Be sure to go with a tour guide, no need to pre-arrange as one can be easily found outside the museum. Just be sure to look for the official tour badge credentials around their neck. It's pretty much a necessity to go with a tour guide as many of the artifacts are not well labeled but please do haggle for a good price (as is the case for anything else in Cairo).
You need to go here if you are in Cairo! They have an amazing collection of artifacts. It's awesome how much stuff they have from thousands of years ago. The museum is a bit scary if you are wandering around by yourself. It is a bit dark in some corners and the statues are so real and eerie. It was really neat seeing the King Tut exhibit as well. I think it was $20 more to see this. He was smaller than I thought.
We were on a private tour of the museum and so got a lot of the history and highlights. We also had the opportunity to touch some of the artifacts (bizarrely- not sure how long this practice will last). The museum is large and chaotic so it would be fun to explore on one's own. Now that I have children, I would love to take them here.
I was so happy to visit the King Tut exhibit in its homeland, at the Egyptian Museum..and not at the British Museum, or anywhere else. the museum itself is quite fantastic and has a lot of great exhibits. Again, why is it so fantastic?! it is because they are being displayed and represented in their home.
This museum is truly mind bending. There is so much stuff here that you could spend days and not see everything. All the amazing statues, gold coffins, masks, mummies and all the other amazing artifacts from ancient Egypt are brought together here under one roof. A definite must see in Cairo!
The best source of Egyptian history and culture in Cairo. This Neoclassical structure, built in the early 19th century, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, the most notable are probably the objects from the Pharaohs and King Tutankhamun’s tombs.
One of the world's greatest museums. Whatever the Egyptian government didn't allow to be pillaged can be found in this museum. You need a lot of time to explore it, and I recommend taking a local with you to show you around and also get you the locals discount.
Being in Tahrir Square was exciting enough.. But the museums offer more than anyone could dream of seeing in just one place. A must see when in the country. From the beginning emperors to modern day leaders, the museum covers the vastness of Egypts cultural history.
Must see. Spent a day there and did not see everything. Downside - you have to pay to bring your camera in on top of the price of admission. Make sure you flash is disable. They don't like it when the flash goes off.