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“Fantastic for fans of historic and ornamental weapons”

Abdeen Palace Museum
Ranked #56 of 264 things to do in Cairo
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Owner description: Formerly serving as a royal palace until the end of the monarchy in 1952, this history museum features a large collection of weapons and medals including knives, guns, cannons and an exhibit of medals.
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

If you love weapons collections, this is your museum. There are actually five museums on the compound, but the largest is the Arms Museum (Military Museum), with a great collection of swords, firearms, and others weapons, some highly decorative, some more utilitarian.

There is also a Private Acquisitions, Medals, and Decorations Museum (with more weapons plus other items); a Presidency Museum (with gifts from foreign governments, including weapons); a Silverware Museum (with beautiful silver, crystal, and china); and a Historial Documents Museum (with an impressive collection of documents plus a few photo albums).

The grounds of the compound are lovely. There are a few tables to relax with coffee/tea or a small snack.

This isn't a must-see site for most visitors to Cairo, but we really enjoyed it. We went through all the museums on about 3 hours, but could have spent much longer if we had more time. Most the exhibits have descriptions in arabic and english.

Enter the museum from the back (east side) of the compound on Mosque Street. Tickets are 100 egyptian pounds for foreigners (less for students and Egyptians). Photography is allowed indoors and out, though you might have to buy a photo pass.

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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

This beautiful palace is located close to the famous Tahrir Square. You enter the palace from the side where you can by tickets. Only the museum is open and you sadly don't get access to the state and private apartments. The museum is very well laid out and contains an amazing selection of antique weapons, guns, silverware and gifts given to the past Royal Family and then Presidents of Egypt. Everything is labeled with explanations which certainly helps. You unfortunately can't wonder around the gardens, but you can walk outside to get a picture of the impressive front of the palace. Depending on how much you want to look at each item 3hrs should be plenty.

5  Thank Duncan S
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

The place should tell the history of the Royals who used to live there and established the place to begin with, in addition to the historic and political events that took place in the past 60 years or so.
Yet, you don't get to see much ... I wish there was a rather attractive display of every room. all you see is just weapons !!
The location is nice though ... you would drive through the old streets of cairo to reach there, so a very nice experience for tourists who visit cairo for the first time.

1  Thank Muhammad A
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

Many items to see that belonged to the king Frouk and his royal family and how it was during the ruling class - 18th and 19th centuries .

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Reviewed 14 June 2016

Well, The Place is HUGE, Many Antiques, and The Museum is Full Of Modern Kings Of Egypt's Stuff including guns, Statues, Gifts from other rulers of other countries and also gifts from other rulers to presidents of Modern Egypt.

Thank Eldeheby
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