The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Cairo: Hours, Address, The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities Reviews: 4.5/5

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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.
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Diamond G
15 contributions
May 2022
The Egyptian Museum still houses King Tut's treasures and so many artifacts that illuminate the ancient history and culture of Egypt. You cannot go to Egypt and not visit the Egyptian Museum. Its collection is world-renowned. I recommend having a guide that is an Egyptologist to get the most out of your visit and tour at the Egyptian Museum. They know the history and the most important pieces for you to see, and can answer your many questions. Around Egypt Tours is the absolute best at organizing and facilitating Tours around Egypt, and the Egyptian Museum is no exception. When you work with Around Egypt Tours, I recommend you request Ahmed Prince who is an Egyptologist and PHENOMENAL storyteller who brings the Egyptian Museum to LIFE! I've visited the Egyptian Museum twice now and I've never learned so much in an hour or two than when I had the greatest tour with Around Egypt Tour's Ahmed Prince inside the museum. Hands down, the best!

If you are visiting without an Egyptologist or Tour guide, take your time and explore the museum on your own. It's winding staircase and filled floors will captivate you all on its own. There is so much to see here.

In the near future, the Grand Egyptian Museum will open and house so much of Egyptian history and artifacts, and it'll be massive. So to have an enriching experience with just the right amount of space and artifacts to explore for an entire day, be sure to visit this Egyptian Museum in Cairo!
Written June 14, 2022
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Yasoda D
Shenzhen, China83 contributions
Jul 2021
Warning: this is not like western museums with signs and captions under each artefact. In fact, there are numerous artefacts just resting there (literally on the floor in some places) and you have no clue what you're looking at. As such, if you're really into Egyptology, I would suggest hiring a guide (there are several available when you enter the museum). If you're like me and prefer walking around on your own time (a guided tour is structured and long), Googling things, or simply just not keen on knowing every detail, then go guide-free. You can easily spend 2-3 hours there. There's a lot to see (the King Tut exhibit is still there) and a lot of fantastic photo opportunities. Note: big photography equipment requires special permission, and I believe, a special fee as well. Mobile phones are fine (but not in the King Tut section).
Written February 12, 2022
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Andrea K
Columbia, MO376 contributions
Jan 2020
There are so many treasures in this museum and I easily could have spent an entire day there. Some of King Tutankhamen's treasures are there and they are worth the visit. Additional pieces are equally breathtaking.
Be aware the museum is old and dusty with little information/placards. There are no museum docents that I saw for information about pieces. So I highly recommend you go with a guide so you know what you are looking at or purchase one of the many books out there to take with you. I used both, a guide and a book. The Rizzoli Art Guide: The Treasures of Ancient Egypt, I purchased it used on Amazon for $7. This helped me show my guide what I wanted to see.
Unfortunately with the GEM (Grand Egyptian Museum) opening soon, a couple of the pieces were no longer there. King Tut's items are all still at this location.

Pros: You can see items close up without obstructions. The details are incredible! Some nights it is open late in the evening which is convenient when seeing other sites early in the morning.
Cons: People can and will touch the items and even lean on them. My guide and I spoke to a couple people to stop ~ it was unnerving for me. No pictures are allowed in King Tut's room, only from the doorway.
Written January 25, 2020
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Philadelphia, PA2,962 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
We booked our Egypt private tour with Memphis tour and a visit to the Egyptian museum was included. If you need to buy a ticket though, the Entrance ticket is 200 EGP. Additional 50 EGP if you want to bring your camera with you into the museum - if you use your cell phone to take pictures, it’s included in the 200 EGP. Even though we visited this museum during Covid times, face masks seem to not be necessary during the visit, since we saw 80% of the visitors without a face mask.

The museum had Mummies for display , which was astounding! Tutankhamun’s tomb is located in a separate room, no pictures allowed in there though. Everything was very interesting. There is also a souvenir store at the exit. The only improvement that they need to do are the toilets. Otherwise, great museum about Egyptian culture and history. You can easily spend 2-3 hours in there.
Written November 23, 2020
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Fremont, CA70 contributions
Jul 2021
This museum is a bit old and the contents are being moved to the new museum in Giza near the pyramids, but there's still a lot there to see. I would recommend visiting the museum and learning as much as you can about the early kingdom, middle kingdom, and new kingdom before going to see the pyramids. Having the background knowledge gained from the museum will let you appreciate and understand the pyramids more. There are guides outside the museum offering their services, but I chose to wander around by myself at my own pace, and I noticed groups that had hired guides were being lead and directed by the guides to what the guides wanted to talk about.

Also, they charge the foreigner entry fee even to those of us with Egyptian IDs and working in the country legally. You have to be Egyptian and speak Arabic to get the resident entry fee.
Written July 24, 2021
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Traveller of the world
1,240 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
This is a really big museum with so much to see. I suggest doing it at the beginning of your trip so you get a better understanding of the history and things you may see on your trip. Very important artefacts. The layout has improved. I came a few years ago and more recently now. Be mindful of the 'guides' that are part of the museum. Don't hire one of them as they will quote a price and then charge you a lot more. You can easily walk around yourself. The main problem is that there is just too much and you will start to get bored. You simply cannot see everything. Either get a guide from outside the museum, a proper historian or read up before going so you know which areas to focus on. In this way, you will see all the highlights.
Written March 24, 2022
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Jayi R
Edmonton, Canada160 contributions
Nov 2021
The museum has some renowned collection but there's no audio guide service for a fee like many of the major museums around the world. Audio guide can only be had if you are with a tour group which has its own guide. No printed guide either on site. If you visit on your own, best to research beforehand and get guidance for the exhibits.
Written November 29, 2021
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New York City, NY131 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
I was here for about 5 hours by myself on a Monday morning . It was almost empty! It felt like an enormous storage space with an incredible large amount of artifacts. I highly recommend this museum to all the history buffs and anyone who is into ancient Egyptian history. There are tour guides outside but I don’t think it’s necessary, you can pay the entrance fee and just enjoy the place by reading all the labels and soak up all the information at your own pace. I enjoyed this place very much!!
Written January 18, 2021
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Fond du Lac, WI2,339 contributions
Dec 2019
Excellent museum! I am not a museum person but could have stayed here longer. Our tour group had 2.5 hours here which wasn't enough. During the first hour, we had a guide which I would highly recommend to understand what you are seeing. Dim lighting and no air conditioning. The museum is moving near the Giza Pyramids so some items were not available to see. We did pay extra to see the mummy exhibit. There were no photos allowed in the mummy exhibit area and no way to sneak a photo either. I did pay extra for a camera pass at this museum. Located on Tahir Square where many demonstrations and protests have occurred in Egyptian history.
Written November 15, 2020
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Bucharest, Romania613 contributions
Jan 2020
I'm glad I visited with a guide, because the museum is loaded with tourists and it may be hard to navigate alone. Also the guide kinda got us in in front of the big queue. Otherwise we would have lost at least 40 min queuing. The items on display are of incredible value and I'm so happy I got to see them. But the museum itself is very rundown and dusty and not tourist friendly at all. It looks like a museum form the 70'. After seeing the Egyptian museum in Turin I was a bit disappointed. It's sad that such treasures are so poorly displayed. The mummy room is 180 eg pounds /p extra, but I don't know if to recommend it or not. We were expecting a bigger collection. There are literally only 10 mummies on display in a small room. I'm glad I saw them, but it's probably not everyone's cup of cake. The guide highlighted and explained the most important artifacts and that made the visit much more interesting. I would recommend it only to ancient history buffs.
Written January 6, 2020
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