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“Enlightening and beautiful” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of Islamic Arts

Museum of Islamic Arts
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Islamic Cairo History Tour
Ranked #67 of 310 things to do in Cairo
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Enlightening and beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

This museum, contrary to popular belief, is OPEN. (Our hotel reception thought otherwise.) It is beautifully arranged, with lots of light and a well-curated collection. The right wing goes by period and the left by type of object. The art is really beautiful and presents a wide range of historical objets d'art. Every object placard is in English and Arabic, and the English was very well-translated. Most rooms also have an English-Arabic-French introductory placard. Some placards have more Arabic explanatory text underneath, but not so much that I felt left out as a non-speaker. I only wish there were more textiles - only two rooms!

The cost for foreigners is 50LE (25LE for students). Our visit took about an hour, and you have to check tour camera at the entry.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“One of the best collections of Islamic Art in the world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013

The museum had been closed for renovation for many years but finally on this trip I was able to see it and It was well worth the wait. Representing a wide variety of periods and locations, this museum has one of the best collections of Islamic Art in the world - Rivaling the great museum collections of the British and V&A in London. I had never seen Islamic astrolabes before and this museum contains at least a half-dozen.

The museum is large and airy and the objects are nicely displayed. (A refreshing change from the attic like feel of the Egyptian museum). There is a lovely courtyard with a coffee shop located on the far side (Although the coffee shop was closed the day we visited).

Photography is not allowed. And my only true disappointment in this museum is that there aren't any books for sale of the collection. I would love to have a coffee table book of the collection so that I could enjoy these beautiful works again and again. (It would make a great gift too!)

Price of admittance is 50 Egyptian pounds for foreigners and two Egyptian pounds for locals.

Visited December 2012
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Liverpool
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125 reviews
91 attraction reviews
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“A must see if you're interested in Islamic civilisation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

This is a well appointed, newly refurbished museum, that contains some wonderful masterpieces of Islamic art from the Ummayad period up to the age of the Ottomans. The labelling in English is fairly minimal (though rather fuller in Arabic), but this museum works best when you don't read the labels at all, but just let it wash over you. A thoroughly mesmerising experience.

Visited March 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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88 reviews
69 attraction reviews
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“If Islamic art interests, this is a musts-see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2012

This museum is a particularly good one, especially/mostly if you're interested in Islamic art. There's enough variety in the artifacts as you progress that you don't get a little bored of seeing the same sort of thing over and over, while the artifacts themselves are beautiful and come from a wide variety of periods/locations (Iranian, Ottoman, Mongolian, Egyptian Mamluk, etc).

Though you could spend two hours or so in my opinion, the less hardcore can easily browse the rooms more quickly. I'm not sure if there's a recommended path for visitors, but if you're in a rush then maybe the south wing (on your left as you enter) has the most interesting variety of artifacts, from astrolabes and medical tools to lamps, carpets, ceramics, etc.

Visited August 2011
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Cairo
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“The Museum of Islamic Srts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

It is a beg museum contains more than 30,000 pieces of the Islamic arts

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