Egyptian Museum, Cairo
The museum (pink color) is located across to the Nile Hilton Hotel in Egypt, just a block form Tahrir Square. The opening hours will be from 0900AM to 0600PM.The gate will be opened for the museum entrance until 0500PM. Morning time will be very crowded with the tourists, you may come in the afternoon if you are not taking a group tour. There will be a checking alarming gate at the museum main gate and at the museum`s entrance. The entrance fee will be 50LE and you have to pay extra 100LE (oh my) if you want to enter the mummies room (will be paid inside the museum). You will get half price with your student card. It is prohibited to take pic inside the museum. You may take pictures at the museum yard though. You have to keep your camera in the `locker room`,next to the security checking at museum gate; before you enter the museum building.. It will be located on your left side when you face the museum entrance. Get your number, keep it, and show your number again to colect your cameras later. Take the museum tour first and spend some time on its yard later after the tour. Too bad that they don`t provide museum map and brochure for the visitors` convinience.If you like history and archeology, dont take a tour guide. The time will be limited. Bring a handbook with you and explore the museums by yourself for all the day.
This is the most popular site of the egyptian museum, besides the mummies area. It is located on the second floor, on the top of the new kingdom area. After the stairs, on the second floor, you will see the four shrines (gold platted) of King Tut. The silet room will be located between the 3rd and 4th shrine. The main attraction of the room will be the 11kg of King Tut Face Mask. This one used to travel across the miles to other countries (big exhibitions in US museums). Other than that, you will see many things from King Tut`s tombs around this room too. You cant imagine how they made all of these golden attires on King Tut`s mummies in thousands of years ago. Taking pictures is strictly prohibited. Nevertheless, the view is breathtaking and will be remained in your memory forever.
The entrance fee for the royal mummies hall will be 100LE (February 2007), aside from 50LE of Egyptian museum entrance ticket!We were really shocked to see how the ticket`s fee of this room has been increased for few months!! After seeing the tips from the VT member and getting an information from a friend who just came from Egpyt, we were expecting that the ticket will be around 50LE. It`s been doubled within few months, so be prepared for the unimaginable expensive ticket fee for this room. Student card holder will get half price. On the coridor going to the room after the security checking, you will see some small artifacts, the mummification instruments and the things they found nearby the mummies. In the mummies room itself, you will see the mummies lied down on the glass boxes (less than 20 mummies). Each mummy will have their own note in arabic and english. The most interesting mummy for me will be THE RAMSES II, located in the middle of the room. I was really dissapointed to see the room by myself. It looks dull, has many trash on the floor, and the things (I think the museum workers things) are upside down at the corner of this room. What a traggic view in the room that should be considered as their national treasure.
The Egyptian Museum has the gretest collection of Pharaonic treasures in the world & is one of Cairo's most popular sites.
My favourite gallery at the museum would have to be the Tutankhamum galleries where there is the life sized gold mask of King Tut & is just one of a collection of 1700 items from the tomb of the King.
You can also see King Tuts throne & lots of other things including Ancient Egyptian Jewellery & also The Royal Mummy Room... you have to enter the mummy room in silence where the mummies lie & are arranged around the room in an anti clockwise order. This is well worth seeing.
The Egyptian Museum houses the most spectacular collection of ancient artefacts I have ever seen. There is so much to see that you could never take it all in during one visit.
Unfortunately we only had about 90 minutes to spend in the museum, which was barely enough time to scratch the surface.
We headed straight for the Tutankhamun Galleries. The treasures that were extracted from the Tomb of Tutankhamun are amazing - so opulent, and of course the spectacular Death Mask has got to be seen to be believed.
I can't even begin to try and describe how incredible all the treasure were that we saw. If you are lucky enough to make it to Egypt, make sure you make more time than we did to visit the museum.
Please note that no cameras are allowed in the museum.
THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM built between 1897 and 1900 and stuffed with the 100 000golden treasures of pharoahs and the hordes of archaeological finds tracing Egyptian civilization over more than 5,000 years. The crowds tend to beeline for the golden, lapis-encrusted face of Tutankhamun and his other sumptuous funerary objects that made such a splash when they were discovered and later toured the world. It would literally take months to see everything on display, but don't miss The Palette of Narmer, a symbol of the original unification of Egypt more than five millennia ago. The best time to visit is in the afternoon, after the crowds thin. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6p.m.
anyhow Egyptian Museum is one of the greatest museums in Egypt
i advice any1 who come to egypt to visit it or you'll miss much
and dont forget that
The Egyptian Museum has more displays that render visitors speechless, including the royal Mummy Room where famous pharaohs lie in state. You come face-to-face with the exposed mummified head of Rameses II, the greatest pharaoh of all time.(but try to respect them cuz they were great kings, believe me they can feel that your watching them)
(as far as i remember entering the museum will cost you 40pounds(1USD=7 EG POUNDS) if you are non egyptian and for egyptian just 2pounds while entering the mummies room will cost you about 40egyptian pounds as well if you are a non egyptian while egyptians just pay 5egyptian pounds lol lucky me:p)
Just as I'm doing here, returning to the Egyptian Museum for at least one more visit is something you really should try to do before you leave Cairo. There is just so much to see here, it is impossible to even contemplate taking it all in on a single visit. If you are returning to Cairo from a visit to the great sites down the river you will certainly want to come back to put the things you have seen into a proper historical perspective and even if you haven't left Cairo there are many things to bring you back - the beauty of the artifacts; the fascination of the many facets of Egyptian life that are portrayed in the collections of funerary goods- models of daily life, furniture, models of sun boats and much more; the splendours of King Tutankhamun's tomb; the dazzling gold; the macabre hush of the room housing the Royal mummies; intimate little sculptures of men and their wives ... on and on it goes.
I have been told by someone just returned from a visit to Cairo that photography is no longer permitted at all in the museum. All cameras had to be left at the entrance and bags were x-rayed as visitors went through. It's a pity if that is the case - it certainly was worth the 10EL camera charge we paid to be able to take photos.
No matter what has brought you to Cairo, or how long you are going to be there, one thing you MUST do is visit the National Museum. Even if you studiously avoid museums wherever you go , this is the one to break your rule for. It is huge, so don't even attempt to "do" it all in one visit. If your time is limited you might have to decide between seeing a few areas reasonably well, or quickly skating through, just stopping to look at those things that really grab you. You might head straight for the star exhibits - the fabulous booty from the tomb of King Tut is the one that everyone knows - or you might find yourself contemplating the extraordinary sculptures of the enigmatic Akhenatun and his beautiful queen, Nefertiti.
I love the smaller stuff, the intimate litlte statues of lesser people; the fascinating models depicting everyday life in ancient Egypt; the dusty cabinets in side galleries full of all sorts of odds and ends that in another place would be treasured but here are virtually disregarded such is the wealth of material; the intense Fayyum portraits of Greco-Roman Egyptians.
Of course, if you're lucky enough to be staying here awhile you can come again... and again...and again.
The Egyptian Museum is fairly large and, realistically, contains more than can be taken in in one visit. Of course it all depends on how into ancient Egypt you are, (I'm not particularly) but it's worth more than one visit.
My first tip would be to save the Tutankhamun treasure for a second visit. And I would make that visit first thing in the morning. That way you can make straight for King Tut, & actually get a chance to see the stuff at your own pace. What most tours do (and theatrically it makes absolute sense to do this) is to do the main galleries in historical order and finish with Tutankhamun. By the time the museum has been open an hour you have to shuffle slowly past the exhibits in a snake of tourists: no lingering over what especially takes you, no nipping back to compare objects. Totally unsatisfactory unless you are just list-ticking.
There's too much here for individual mention, but I'm fascinated by the room devoted to ostraca (flakes of limestone used for rough sketches, doodles, shopping lists, whatever): a glimpse of of the everyday from four thousand years ago, although the predynastic exhibits are wonderful as well, (respect to Flinders Petrie) and the Fayoum Portraits are magnificent.
It is worth knowing that your admission ticket is good for the whole day and they allow re-admission. So you can spurn the vastly expensive (7 LE for a small water? bi-KAM??) facilities on-site & take lunch somewhere else if you want to make a day of it. It's worth it.
There are lots of tips about the museum, so I thought I'd give one about a statue I liked. This is the statuette of King Khufu (also known by the greeks as Cheops). He was Pharaoh in the 4th Dynasty (Old Kingdom) from about 2551-2528 B.C. This statue is made out of ivory and is on the Upper Floor in room 48. It is the only surviving complete representation of the great king Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid at Giza. The king sits on the throne wearing the red crown of Lower Egypt and holds the " nekhekh " scepter of dignity in his right hand. The face shows features of an old man with strong personality. This is the oldest and smallest (2 or 3 inches tall) surviving representation of a pharaoh.
The Egyptian Museum situated to the northwest of the Liberation Square. It is known by the world's largest and finest collection of Egyptian and Greco-Roman antiquities. The Museum was founded in 1857 by the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette. It occupies the large range of buildings (1897-1902).
Several days would be required to watch the whole collection. Visitors who are pressed for time (as me!) would do well to confine themselves to the celebrated treasures of Tutankhamun and a selection of the Old Kingdom material.
The Museum is open Saturday-Thursday 9.00-16.00, Friday 9.00 – 12.00 and 14.00-16.00.
The entrance fee LE50 ($10).
It’s better to visit the Museum in the afternoon because it’s overfilled in the morning.
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There’s no doubt about it – you have to visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo when you’re there! I think it has over 120,000 artifacts --- from that little little statue of one of the first pharaohs (Khufu I believe) to the actual mummies! It is a bit overwhelming and there is no way in the world that you can see everything…
So, the recommendation is that one should just concentrate on items that interests one’s self --- and for me one of them was the Tut collection. It was nice to see the things that the young pharaoh really used – like his bed, hunting stuff and I think even his crib when he was younger.
There’s just so much to see in this Museum and you definitely have to allot a whole afternoon (if not the whole day or two) for it…
Within the Egyptian museum, they have an entire wing dedicated to the tomb of King Tut. During the time of grave robbing, King Tut (who died prematurely) was lucky enough not to have alot of records of his life, and his burial was therefore not well recorded. This allowed his grave to be undisturbed until a lucky kick of a donkey!
Highly educational experience, and I would definitely recommend seeing this 25lb gold headpiece!
There is a fee to see the mummies of the pharaohs at the Egyptian Museum--- but what the heck, when is the next time you're going to be there!? Besides, it's like helping them maintain these world treasures because I think it takes a lot of money to make sure the glass casings are intact and that the mummies are in the right temperature...
So, I went in and looked at these famous pharaohs, including Rameses. They are all shrivelled up and somehow they kinda looked alike --- but then they are "related" in one way or another. If I were a mummy, would I look the same? In my line of work, I have dissected cadavers and they look different - but they were fresh or dead for a year --- on the other hand, these mummies are 3000 years old! Of course, the insides have already been taken out from these mummies so there's not much to see if we open them up (or is there?)...
We headed to the Cairo Museum. I managed to get one picture in, and then they told us if we had cameras we had to leave them with the security people at the front. There was so many people taking the same tour, within 5 minutes of each other. The Museum is massive! One could get lost in there. There are so many items to see while you're there. Feature exhibits are the treasures of Tutankhamen. If gold is not your thing, there are plenty of other treasures to see.
There are 107 halls filled with artifacts dating from the prehistoric through the Roman periods, with the majority of the collection focused on the pharaonic era. The museum houses approximately 160,000 objects covering 5,000 years of Egypt's past.
When you go there with a tour, they take everyone at the same time. Meaning that all tours into Egypt take their groups at the same time, always around 10:00. You are shoulder to shoulder with 1000's of people. All trying to look at the same thing you are looking it. It can be quite exasperating being around so many people. I actually got so frustrated with the crowd that by the time we were halfway done the tour I was ready to leave; the crowd over bearing.
They are open daily from 9:00am to 7:00pm; during Ramadan their hours change. It costs 60LE for a non Egyptian to go into the Museum. There are additional costs to go in and see The Royal Mummies Room (I believe this is where King Tutankhamun is mummified) and also the Centennial Gallery
**NOTE** If you head to the museum in the afternoon - all the tourists have gone through and there is virtually no one left. You can actually get a peaceful tour in without getting an elbow in the gut or your toes stepped on.