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“A relief to find it unchanged!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Egyptian Antiquities Museum

Egyptian Antiquities Museum
Midan El Tahrir, Cairo 11557, Egypt
+202 5782448
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Ranked #9 of 145 Attractions in Cairo
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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.
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“A relief to find it unchanged!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

As people know, the 2013 Arab Spring revolution in Egypt frightened many for the fires that raged near the Museum. The burned out building beside it remains just as it was in January 2013. The Museum was unharmed. It is being repainted just now. It is a "must-see" in Cairo. Take a guide.

Visited July 2014
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“THE MOST INCREDIBLE MUSEUM IN THE WORLD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Treasures here that are impossible to describe and so different than what one sees at the Met in NYC or the Louvre -- so much more, so much utilitarian as well as the magnificent, so incredibly much. You walk through this place and understand that the art is 4000 or more years old and your jaw drops -- literally -- how could art this intricate, this sublime have come from so long ago -- for awhile, and still for me, you think this planet must have been invaded by an advanced alien people a few thousand years so long ago. Silly perhaps but then walk into the room with King Tuts jewels and mask and then tell me that is silly. Nothing today is even close to so magnificent.
Unfortunately, the museum is poorly lighted, virtually absent descriptions in any language of what one is looking at. All of this needs to be carefully photographed and placed on the internet to share with the world. Where are you Bill Gates or Warren Buffet to help these folks preserve and protect and share with the world the greatest collection of art in humanity's history.

Visited July 2014
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“Fascinating artefacts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

The Egyptian Museum should not be missed when visiting Cairo with it's collections of artefacts of the ancient Egypt and the pharaohs.

Visited August 2013
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“Egypt within Egypt”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Located less than a block away from the infamous Tahrir square in downtown Cairo, and right next to the burned government building from where Mubarak fled the country, this museum hosts the largest collection of Egyptian archaeological artifacts I have ever seen. The chamber dedicated to Tutankhamen and the relics found at his tomb is simply mesmerizing as well as breathtaking.
However the museography of the place lacks that of other museums where a large Egyptian collection can also be appreciated, namely the British Museum.
It is definitely a must in Cairo but I wish they'd do something to improve the overall experience of walking through its halls.

Visited August 2013
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“Can't open the new museum fast enough”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

What a disappointment. There are remarkable treasures here, but good luck finding them. Not many objects are labelled. The building is old. The no photography rule is ridiculous (cameras confiscated before you enter). Most of these objects are made of stone and thousands of years old. Would be understandable if there were a decent shop in the museum, but there's not. We were there at the end of the day on Friday, so not many visitors. Did we really have to get rushed through the pharonic mummies?

And a warning: get a licensed guide, not one of the guides you can hire in the courtyard. We got one from the courtyard who walked us past some of the best art treasures of the ancient world ("Hey, isn't that the Narmer Palette he just walked us past without saying anything?") and regaled us with bizarre anti-Semitic conspiracies. We cut him loose fairly quickly and I ended up with a group of Americans following me around because I knew more about the objects and history than their guide.

The can't open the new museum at Giza fast enough. Wait until that's open.

Visited April 2014
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