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Abdeen Palace Museum
Ranked #55 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 19 September 2017

Very nice Royal Residence turned to museum. i especially enjoyed seeing the former King Farooq's swords and guns. The silverware section was beautiful.

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

This Cairo Museum (the former Egyptian Presidential Palace) will take your breath away - it is easy to take a taxi to - you will need a good 2 hours. Get the taxi to drive you to the "Azir Abdeen" entrance as this place is huge! There are various buildings with a number of smaller museums - the Artillery Rooms with extensive, historic weapons collections (wait until you see the gigantic "Swiss Army Knife"!!), swords and knives with precious gems and gold / silver filagree, the Documents Rooms, the Presidential Gifts Rooms - OMG!, the Dinnerware / Stemware / Silverware Rooms, the only known Galle glass collection which is stunning, etc.... We were greeted at the entrance by a female Museum Curator named Fatima who was absolutely amazing - she really had detailed information that just brought every piece to life - we just adored her! Do not miss this hidden Cairo gem - you will not be disappointed. We are a couple in our 50's from Vancouver, Canada.

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Reviewed 23 May 2017

Abdeen Palace or as the ticket says Abdine Palace costs 100EGP which is about 5€. It is more than it costs to enter the Egyptian museum or see the Spinx and the Pyramids for some reason or other.
If you like weapons it is a very nice museum but I am not a fan of it therefore only a 3. I only went and saw it since I have seen so much else in Cairo (have lived there and visited also) and whished to see something new.
So if you are not especially into weapons there are other things to see but if you are I think this is one of the best.
It takes about 10 min to walk from Tahrir square and the entrance is to the back.
Time to stay is depending on intererest. I stayed less than an hour but I think maybe 1-2 hrs for those into it.

1  Thank Snubben
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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.

1  Thank avalon2020
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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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