Egyptian Museum, Cairo
The museum, definitely the museum. Seeing Tuten Khamoun and all related object des'arte was simply mystifyingly amazing. Superlatives cannot describe.
One tip is: when first arriving at the museum you will find a lot of people sitting around the lotus pond at the entrance. They are mostly tour guides. You can barter for a fair price if you like or take pot luck. My only advice is that they do the tours in short blocks of say two hours through to day trips... You pay accordingly.... Dont be rushed by them if you choose the two hour one though :o).... they will literally have you running from display to display. It's best to walk around yourself viewing everything inside first and then go out for a guide. They are incredibly knowledgeable and should all have degrees!
You are not permitted to take photos inside the Tuten Khamoun area but if you google Tuten Khamoun or the museum itself you will find out just what I am talking about.
Fondest memory: I miss the people more than anything else when away from Cairo. No matter whether they were in business or on the street, wealthy or poor, they were the most respectful, friendly and generous I have ever encountered in my travels.
Favorite thing: This is the most amazing museum, in my opinion, in the world. The artifacts are amazing and the Tut artifact area is awsome. But the most amazing area of the museum, although it costs more to enter, is the mummy room. These are real open mumies of about a dozen ancient Egyption Kings, including Ramses II and Seti II, it is well worth the extra ticket costs.
in the ancient time, the egyptian empire is divided into 2: the north kingdom and the south kingdom.
the symbol of the north kingdom is eagle and the symbol for the southern kingdom is the lotus.
if you visit the egyptian museum, you can see the lotus pond at the entrance.
The Cairo Museum was established by the Egyptian government in 1835. the present building was erected in 1900. The museum has over 120,000 objects in its collections which cover the prehistoric era through the Greco Roman period.
It is located at Midan el-Tahrir in Cairo.
The museum was designed by the architect, Mercel Dourgnon
THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM
Egyptian Museum of Antiquities: Mariette Pasha St., beside the Nile Hilton Hotel. Tel: 575-4319. Open 9a.m.-4:30p.m. Entrance fee LE 20 for tourists. Mummies Hall entrance fee additional LE 40 for tourists.
This is THE PLACE to see the greatest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. The masterpiece is the treasures of Tutankhamun's tomb, located on the second floor (go early and make this your first stop to avoid crowds). Also on the second floor is the Mummies' Hall, now the final resting place of the mummified remains of pharaohs (Ramses II is here), queens and noblemen (Tutankhamun's remains are still in his tomb in Luxor).
It is possible to engage the services of a guide. However, in my experience, you would be better informed by reading the inscriptions yourself (no two guides tell the same story, sometimes with drastically different conclusions). Be sure to spend a few relaxing moments in the gardens.
Favorite thing: Cairo is the main cultural center of the Arab world, with important Mosques, Universities and also an active film and music industry. Visiting beautiful mosques like Salah ad Din, Ibn Tulun, or Al Azhar; experiencing the Khan Al Khalilii sook, or even venturing into the City of Deads are among the most interesting activities in the Egyptian metropolis.
if you are touring the Egyptian National Musuem on a group tour like us, your tour guide and egyptologists guide will give you the wireless headphones as a means of communication as you go around the huge musuem as silence is strictly enforced inside (and also no picture and video taking). your egyptologist guide will talk to you via these wireless communication about facts and figures and history of the artifacts around the museum. these devices are given to the tour guides by the museum authorities after paying the admission fee.
Fondest memory: wireless communication inside the musuem between your egyptologist guide and your group.
The Egyptian museum is a must see. It does however get really crowded especially the tutankhamun exhibits. We were on a guided tour which clashed with several other so once our tour was over we had a free 30 mins & I went back to the Tutankamun stuff to see it much qiueter.
The Royal mummies are really worth the extra ticket cost. To see the faces of some of the people who built these amazing monuments was awesome. The guards also keep a pet bird in the room which I carried around the exhibition on my finger - weird!
Fondest memory: The pyramids are astonishing and completely amazing but it would be much nicer if you could stand and look for a second without being constantly harrassed by vendors.
Fondest memory: On our last night in Cairo, in the comfort of our cushy room at the Hilton right next to the Cairo Museum, we had this lovely moonview to muse over...
Visit the museum, unbelievable treasures inside
Fondest memory: Go see the Belly dancing, cruise along the Nile, its different!!
Favorite thing: Everywhere is Egypt there were Sphinxes, and I liked all of them. Very few are identical so they are always interesting to look at. This picture was taken outside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.