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Egyptian Antiquities Museum
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$17.16*
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Private Cairo Egyptian Museum Tour with Lunch
Ranked #4 of 325 things to do in Cairo
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed May 19, 2013

People have already said most of what there is to say about the quality of this museum. Our tip is to plan and prioritise what you want to see and go to those things first ( we agree with yorkshirecat56). The temptation is to allow yourself to influenced by guides and follow the chronological route but, for us, on probably our only trip to this museum, the King Tut artefacts were our “must sees” and we headed straight for those rooms (turn right on entering and then up the stairs). This enabled us to relax after seeing everything we really did not want to miss, tour around as much of the rest of the museum as we had time for, and enjoy it all the more. With regard to the King Tut rooms, we surprised ourselves by just how emotional it was. The exhibits defy words really and you can get overwhelmed by everything. We had to remind ourselves to take our time and soak it all up.
Ironically, when we were there, there was no gift shop to exit through which was disappointing. There is a shop but has no stock, possibly because of recent events.

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Reviewed May 18, 2013

We visited as part of our Discover Egypt adventure and were fortunate in being accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, Rehab, who took us round the museum to make sure we did not miss any of the "must see" artifacts, then left us with free time to explore. The treasures of Tutankhamen really have to be seen to be believed - the colours on his iconic death mask, the gold, the glass beads of his hunting top, his chariots, clothes, sandals, bow and arrows, toys. I also loved the model villages in the main museum - a house with fig tree and pool, a weaving room with model weavers, a carpenters' workshop, the fantastically detailed ships with model oarsmen. Our guide told us the museum will be relocated to Giza alongside the Pyramid and the Sphinx. This will be an excellent move as the museum, grand as it is, does not display all of the items to their best effect in terms of lighting and labelling. However, I am glad I visited it in its current setting overlooking Tahrir Square with its protesters' tents and graffiti and overlooked by burnt-out government buildings.

Thank yorkshirecat56
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

This is one of the best Museums having 95% of King Tut's belongings. The room with the Ramses King's bodies is an unusal site to see. No cameras there!!!!

Thank Patti M
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Definitely get a tour guide to take you through and hit the high points in Egyptian history. then I would add another day and go through yourself and see the rest. It is well worth the time. Dont miss the mummies! No cameras or pocket knives are allowed, you have to check them in. We spent 7.5 hours total - 3.5 with a guide and the rest on our own. Get a Egyptian museum book, well worth it.

Thank Lynn C
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Listening devices made it quite helpful for our guide to diseminate information in very crowded spaces. Museum is extensive and a bit confusing in layout w/o a map to follow. A map of various rooms would have been VERY helpful during our free time away from the guide. Cameras were not even permitted on the premesis, even inside a bag or puse, which was quite inconvenient since there were things on the outside worth documenting by film. Cafe area near the exit was quite nice and relaxing place to meet up with your group at the end of the free time.

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