The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • TomGK9
    Miami, Florida25 contributions
    Amazing glimpse into ancient Egypt
    This was an incredible experience and opportunity to see some of the world's most interesting artifacts from the times of the Pharaohs and onwards. Compared to more modern museums of the West, visitors feel less detached from the artifacts on display, often separated by nothing at all or only the most minimal of protection. It's clearly a working museum as it was quite easy to see many artifacts still being evaluated and/or not fully displayed yet throughout the halls. This is a must stop for anyone traveling to Cairo, especially while the newer museums are still not quite ready for visitors. Even then, this will be worth the stopover as it's centrally located and has many incredible holdings such as the Narmer Palette and Tutankhamun Hall.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 26 February 2023
  • richard t
    Harrogate, United Kingdom11 contributions
    Lots to see in Cairo
    Cairo has frightening traffic, so get a taxi. Negotiate the price before you get into it. The Old Egyptian museum is still open and has the most famous relics in it such as the gold mask of Tutankhamun (as of 26/02/2023). It will be moved to the new Grand Egyptian Museum just before it opens probably sometime this year but no definite date has been announced yet. The Museum of Egyptian Civilisation can most conveniently be visited on the way back to the hotels on the Nile Corniche, and is well worth it. The preserved heads of the most famous kings protrude above the wrappings around the rest of their bodies so you can look into the eyes of Ramases and other kings. There is a walkway right along the banks of the Nile along the Corniche, but crossing the road from the hotels id daunting. No Zebra crossings or bridges. The Pyramids are just outside the town of Giza which has interesting Papyrus museums. There is little to see inside them - just steep narrow passages. Walking (or riding on camels) round them is well worthwhile as is a visit to the Sphinx. There are many other museums in Cairo which also look interesting.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 26 February 2023
  • Evan C
    3 contributions
    Great antiquities to see!
    Great things to see in this building - King Tut's stuff being top of the list. The museum is really old and not well maintained - which is too bad. There were a lot if things that were hard to read/see because of the fact that the lights are burned out and need to be replaced. Still worth the visit. We went twice while in Cairo. Only costs foreigners about $8 and you can't beat that!
    Visited February 2023
    Written 1 March 2023
  • Scenic783962
    Otter Rock, Oregon45 contributions
    A great museum with English comments.
    Best part was no Tipping in the restroom after all the fantastic exhibition. KING TUTS exhibition is upstairs. I never thought I would see so much Egyptian history and artifacts. It made understanding the culture so much easier. It's a lovely 19th century building of marble. I went back for a second day. I may go a third time before leaving Egypt.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Kamaina2014
    Burlingame, California65 contributions
    Priceless antiquities that deserve a better home
    Museum has the best collection of Egyptian antiquities in Egypt but sadly is very old and in need of maintenance. Sarcophagus, statues, figures were housed in wooden glass frames, some cracked leading one to wonder whether exposure to air would destroy these priceless works of art. There are huge stone Pharoahs, mummies, famous King Tut pieces in gold and many countless artifacts. A definite must see. The good news is that a massive new museum to house these works is near completion. The pieces in this museum are stunning but deserving of a better home .
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Explorer82247
    Colorado Springs, Colorado81 contributions
    Definitely worth the Visit!!
    We highly recommend seeing it even though the Grand Egyptian Museum is not open yet. And we recommend you use a Guide to cover the Egyptian Museum and the Civilization Museum (where all the big-name mummies are located). You can cover both museums in 1 day. Pink Lotus Tours, Cairo, provide AMAZING guides.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 7 March 2023
  • WorkToTravel123
    Toronto, Canada851 contributions
    Excellent museum
    This is a fantastic museum, with all the famous mummies and other great pieces. The mummies were fascinating to see, some with hair that looked like it was done yesterday! There were over 20 mummies and it was interesting to see the variety and they are all famous, so it’s more meaningful as you travel south on your trip and see their temples. The upper floor also has interesting pieces including the corpse of a body from 35000 years ago! Definitely worth going to, in addition to the Egyptian Museum. We did not feel a guide was necessary for this museum - there were signs everywhere for knowledge and the time to spend taking in all the pieces is what made it special. We felt a guide would take that experience away. Have fun!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 March 2023
  • Rohit K
    30 contributions
    Amazing content, poorly organized
    This is a must-visit, but it’s more like a catalogued warehouse than a museum. There is very limited historical context or background provided, and the rooms aren’t arranged in any particular order that we could tell. And with the transfer of many items to the new Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza, the collection is getting somewhat dispersed. The highlight is the Tutankhamen treasures room, which is truly spectacular — and very unique, since most other tombs had been robbed in antiquity. Go there first, especially if visiting at the end of the day. A lot of other very interesting sections, particularly the contents of tombs and some outstanding statues. Allow for two hours. If you can, go to the new Museum of Egyptian Civilization first, because it provides a better chronological explanation of Egyptian history.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2023
  • Catherine H
    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom36 contributions
    Blew my mind - what an incredible civilisation Egypt had/has !
    This museum is well worth visiting - I walked from downtown (1.5 hours) as I wanted to do that, and I saw some really interesting neighbourhoods, but it is a cheap taxi ride from Tahrir Square. It is highly sophisticated in its curation, use of technology, and architecture, and the textiles in particular were fascinating to me. The mummified Pharoahs and high ranking individuals are displayed underground with great sensitivity and honour, and I was very moved by this. Finally, it's at the Cairo Lake, so sitting in the magnificent gardens is a must. Don't come to Cairo and miss this Museum, it is fabulous !
    Visited March 2023
    Written 10 March 2023
  • CathyLen
    140 contributions
    One of the World's Best Museums
    I first visited this museum 30 years ago. It captivated me then and still captivates me. The collection is so huge that I see something new each time I go. There are periodic special exhibits using parts of the collection that are always interesting. At some point the main crowd-pleasing parts of the collection like King Tut will move to the new museum, but it doesn't seem like that will happen before 2024 so there is still time to enjoy all the amazing things in one of the world's great museums. Take your time, don't be rushed, browse the side rooms and the dusty alcoves.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 11 March 2023
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Maija
Finland1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Friends
Guide is very good idea to have with You if You are a tourist. We had our own Finnish speaking Guide and egyptologist ( White, female person) and local egyptian man started to shout to her with rage and anger outburst when she translated what the local egyptian Guide was saying. It was terrible when in the exit the museum staff smoked inside and inside at the museum shop next to the textils they were selling! If the museum wants more clients allow different language speaking guides to do their Jobs, if that is too much to ask then, please educate egyptian ladies to be guides in different European languages to be guides
Written 25 February 2024
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betteskid
Boston, MA1 342 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
This amazing place, soon to be overtaken by the new Egyptian museum, was one of the highlights of things we did in Cairo. The collections are vast and the items related to King Tut are truly amazing. It was impossible to see and experience everything. It is a wonderful introduction to Egyptian history and the exhibits are a wonder to behold. Going with a guide or at least an audio tour makes the history come alive.
Written 25 February 2024
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Glenn Roche
Melbourne, Australia12 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Very historical and informative. The objects were well presented and the descriptions easy understand. Going with a Guide is the best way to enjoy and not miss out on the important aspects
Written 18 February 2024
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Hany G
Bakersfield, CA1 088 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
It could be the richest museum I have ever been to. It has all kinds of antiques from the daily life of the pharaohs, toys, music, jewelry, cloths, coffins, and even food.
It has a lot of complete intact items, not broken pieces like other civilizations.
The museum needs serious attention in terms of cleaning the dust and improving the lights.
I would recommend getting a tour guide sice most of the items have no descriptions.
Written 18 February 2024
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TripRabbit
Virginia402 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
I cannot add much to all that has been written before. The museum is unequalled, although it would seem to be likely surpassed once the Grand Egyptian Museum fully opens in Giza. Nonetheless, even when that happens, the great majority of remarkable artifacts housed in this remarkable building will remain here — so many with so many stories behind them that I don’t know how you can know on your own which are most notable and why. Some other reviewers disagree, but I believe a guide is indispensable to make the most of your visit.

As of our late January visit, the only way to view the treasures from King Tut’s tomb was by coming here. As I understand, that will change soon enough when a much larger exhibition opens at the GEM, so make sure you know what to expect and where.
Written 8 February 2024
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Matthewwalker2291
New Quay, UK101 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
A brilliant museum with a lot to see. It doesn’t look like it’s been emptied which a few people had said it did.

2 hours just wasn’t enough time here.
We didn’t use a guide. Getting tickets was easy and walking around at a comfortable pace to see everything was enjoyable.

Plenty of toilet facilities on site.

Don’t go to Cairo and not of here.
Written 8 February 2024
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Ksenia Rrr
Germany11 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The Museum is a must-visit for history buffs. From mummies and statues to jewelry and everyday objects, the museum is a fascinating place to dive into Egypt's history. Overall, I really liked this kind of experience. Not sure about visiting this museum again but it was worth it)
Written 5 February 2024
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Susan Zoe F
57 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
I am a museum nerd. This museum is just FANTASTIC. We spent a full 6 hours here including a short coffee break in the courtyard. You may take photos except for the King Tutankhamen exhibition on the first floor.
Strict security checks. The ticket covers everything inside.
The exhibits are labelled in Arabic and English and a few in French.
There is nowhere that is not worth seeing.
Mummies, mummy portraits, statuary, jewellery, textiles, musical instruments, canopic jars, unwrapped mummies, SOLID GOLD everywhere including King Tutankhamen s 110 kgs gold coffin and two stunning thrones.

There are toilets, a variety of cafes and snack bars outside the museum shop.
Keep your ticket and re enter at the main entrance.
The shop is a mix of tourist tat and some very nice souvenirs.
They are not cheap.
Headsets are available but we didn't bother.
An absolutely great day out.
If you have a driver you must jump out quick and same for pick up.

Many items have moved/ will move to the New Museum. We couldn't find Tutankhamen s meteorite dagger.
I liked the old dusty, musty atmosphere
Written 4 February 2024
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Abdulazizali9012
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Business
We visited today and it was amazing. Our tickets were covered by our tour and entry took a while with minute security checks

The museum is a treasure trove of ancient history, offering an unparalleled glimpse into Egypt's rich past. The museum includes the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities in the world, and contains more than 110,000 artifacts, including the famous Tutankhamun collection. The exquisite craftsmanship and timeless artistry displayed in the sculptures, jewelery and mummies is breathtaking
We had so much fun
Written 2 February 2024
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Kent I
4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Business
I've been here before and it is always a joy. A person could spend a full day, until the point of exhaustion, and not see everything in enough detail.
The ONLY downside is that some items are being migrated to the new museum in New Cairo. Currently, it is only about 20% of the inventory so still worth seeing.
Written 31 January 2024
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