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“Must go with a guide”

Egyptian Antiquities Museum
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Private Cairo Egyptian Museum Tour with Lunch
Ranked #21 of 329 things to do in Cairo
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Owner description: This famous museum houses the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyption artifacts (more than 120,000 items on display) featuring the famous Tutankhamun collection with its beautiful gold death mask and sarcophagus and the royal Mummy room, which houses an additional eleven Pharaonic dignitaries.
Reviewed 30 April 2014

I have always been fascinated by Egypt, and the Egyptian Museum is a must-visit if you stay in Cairo. There are a massive amount of treasures on display, but because of inadequate English decriptions, I would highly recommend going with a guide. Our tour guide was organised by Lady Egypt, and his mesmerising tales made the visit so much more awesome.

Thank JolindyDreyer
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

If you only speak English or don't know Arabic, I highly recommend going with a tour guide. This will give you better insight into the artifacts and a more engaging experience. There are English descriptions but they are old and factual, without the rich storytelling needed for the history-filled exhibits. Travel tips:
-Hire a tour guide
-Do not bring your camera, photos are prohibited in the museum
-Do not take pictures of the tanks/soldiers

1  Thank Mona S
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

This museum is amazing, the amount of things they have in there is unbelievable! The descriptions of things are very poor though, so I recommend going with a guide. We went with Tailor Made Tours and it made it so much easier to get there and around. The tanks outside are quite intimidating but they are there for the safety of the museum! You could literally spend all day here, so going with a guide would mean they can highlight the important pieces to make the most out of your visit and the information we learned was incredible! Take your own toilet roll, although you should avoid the toilets if possible as they were one of the worst I came across in Egypt. you aren't allowed to take your camera inside and it has to be kept in a box with very little safety, if you aren't comfortable with this don't take your camera at all.

1  Thank Laura M
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

In the debate on whether stolen treasures should be returned to home countries, I have been of the view that of course, they must. A look at the Egyptian Museum, gave a pause to that thought.

The present Museum, next to Tahrir Square and close to the Nile, in a sense is already counting its last days as the new edition of the Egyptian Museum is coming up. But that may take years, and till then the ancient Egyptian treasures – mummies, burial chambers, furniture, boats, sarcophagi, statues, jewellery – they are all here. Do not expect Louvre or MOMA standards.

The entrance is currently through tanks, literally! Due to the recent skirmishes in the area, tanks seem to be permanently stationed here – and you have to walk through them to reach the museum entrance! Definitely off putting. And yes, during the recent ‘revolutions’, artifacts were stolen and damaged. The Museum itself is housed a late 19th century palatial building. Tickets for foreigners are 60 Egyptian Pounds, plus an extra 100 for the mummies gallery.

Even though the museum has dedicated galleries, the museum has just too much to house and too little space. As a result many treasures are housed cheek by jowl – almost jostling into each other. There are many galleries – almost all dedicated to ancient Egypt – plan your galleries, otherwise a day will be insufficient to see the museum. The usual top pick, besides the mummies gallery, is Tutenkhamum’s gallery, where the burial chambers his sarcophagi, and all the artifacts buried with him are kept. However the other galleries have remarkable treasures too, eg the centennial gallery. The ground floor has massive statues, and while do admire them, remember, there is a lot to cover. Those really interested can plan more than one trip.

There is little care for adequate space or lighting. Do not expect information booklets, nor are there labels for everything that is on display. Cameras are not allowed inside the building, if you are carrying one, leave it in the deposit box. While retrieving, make sure you get the right camera back! The museum is generally full, though afternoons are usually less crowded. The exit is different from the entrance, and if you have bags, they will be checked.

The museum officially opens from 9am to 7pm, but just check before going. It is a sensitive area, and can often close early. There is a sort of café, but if you can, hold on. The shop seemed closed. Guides seem to be available for hire inside, but see if you can find a knowledgeable one, not one who feeds you fables. Even as the new museum comes up, this needs to be in pristine shape till then. Maybe UNECSO should handle?

3  Thank sumansays
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Filled with a huge number of antiquities, if you want to appreciate all of them one by one it might take you days. I have never seen a museum so full of objects from one country and one civilization. excellent value for money. Take your time and plan a relaxing evening afterwords.

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