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“One of the great museums of Cairo”
Review of The Coptic Museum

The Coptic Museum
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Owner description: Housing some of the finest collections of Coptic art dating back to Egypt’s Christian era, this museum includes collections of ancient ankhs and Horus-like falcons, stone carvings from the era of the Mamluks, a 6th-century Coptic stone pulpit and the 1,600-year-old Coptic book of the Psalms of David.
Reviewed October 29, 2012

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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Reviewed June 12, 2012

I visited in March 2012. If you go to Coptic Cairo, stop and visit this museum. There is so much Coptic history to see. The only negative is that you can't take pictures. There were all kinds of things in the museum, from column capitals, to carved stone, bronze crosses, old texts, wooden pulpits,... . The niche found at St, Apollo was awesome. It dates to the 6th or 7th century. I think the lighting could be better. You will need about 2 hours or more to wander through the museum; otherwise, your visit will seem rushed. It was worth the price of admission. Go visit!!

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Reviewed May 30, 2012

It is well organized and labeled. It was quiet and the artifacts were beautiful. The lighting could be a bit more bright.

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Reviewed April 25, 2012

Beware of Omar! Security guards are as desperate as civilians - do not be mistaken. Ladies alone in Museums in Cairo are such a target for molesters. I spent the whole time ignoring his verbal pestering (and was unable to listen to the headset - which incidentally is a rip off because it is information on the renovation of the building rather than the artefacts which you are viewing despite being narrated in perfect English.) and his insistance of trying to physically make me turn a corner at the end of the first corridor so that (as i realised) we would be out of sight of other security.
I was alone and just wanted an hour of peace to view the very beautiful Christian artwork mainly carved in stone and this idiot completely ruined it. Luckily i reaslised what his plan was and walked back to reception to report him, against cries of " no, not that way, this way, come this way, please this way."
The reception security were very good and had him ousted, but do not put up with being made to feel uncomfortable when you have paid a substantial entrance fee, they know that it is not acceptable.
I couldn't really concentrate after being pestered for 20 minutes and realising what my fate could have been had i turned the corner sadly put me off. It looked interesting though and the other security men were great, very helpful and kind. They do ask for your passport and keep it at reception. I took a copy of my passport with me and ensured its return to me afterwards.
Go with someone or be prepared to tell............or fight!

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Reviewed April 18, 2012

I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan (Books and Movies) I swear that the entry to this Museum is where Tolkien got his idea for the Gates of Moria. Entry was 100 Egyptian Pounds, but the Museum is huge...

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