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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