A great museum for Coptic art, to see both its roman origins and how it subsequently fitted into the wider world of Islamic art over the centuries.
You'll find everything from frescoed wall-niches moved here from ancient desert monasteries to small but intricately beautiful objects of practical or ceremonial use. In addition, the building itself is pretty, with a neo-Fatimid facade and many examples of classic Cairene architecture such as mashrabiyyas (wooden-screen balconies) and gorgeous painted ceilings in some of the rooms.
Give yourself 1-2 hours to visit, depending on your level of interest. Pictures are not allowed inside.
PS: If you're looking for more information about the artifacts and the museum, consider buying the "Illustrated Guide to the Coptic Museum and the Churches of Old Cairo" by Gawdat Gabra and Marianne Eaton-Krauss, one of several excellent books of this kind printed by the AUC Press. The book has good pictures of most of the interesting artifacts, so it's also usefual as a visual record of what you saw in the absence of your camera.
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