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“Dusty old beauty”

Egyptian Antiquities Museum
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Half-Day tour to Egyptian Museum of Pharaonic Antiquities
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Ranked #3 of 320 things to do in Cairo
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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 June 24, 2013

I visited in June, slightly concerned about all the demos in Tahrir Square nearby, but no problems.
I made sure to take a guide with me because I didn't want to go there on my own as a tourist and also he did a great job explaining the Tutankhamun exhibits to me (see separate review Easy Travel Egypt). This museum is a must for anyone visiting Cairo. It is huge though and you can easily spend a day in there. Entrance costs 60 EGP (don't pay more) and there were two additional exhibitions about mummies for 100 EGP. You have to hadn your camera in before you enter which was disappointing. Another thing I didn't like was the fact that a lot of the exhibits are not described, named or even labelled. In fact there were lots of wooden crates standing around waiting to be opened. In fact the museum seems a bit neglected and in need of renovation.

Having said all this the Tutankhamun exhibit is worth the entrance money on its own. It is awesome and everything else in the museum pales in comparison. So I would recommend going if only to see this.

Go here first before visiting the pyramids. It puts everything into context.

Thank Niquito
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

This place provides you with everything you could possibly or ever want to know about the history of Egypt. The place is packed with all the numerous artifacts from ancient Egypt. I really loved the mummies section, which cost more for entry but worth it. The mummies are presented in a King/ Queen like status which essentially they are since they were past Kings and Queens of Egypt

Thank Helen K
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Take a day BEFORE seeing any pyramids (or going south to Luxor) to go to the EAM; it's a valuable and useful opportunity to see what would have been in and around the pyramids. Seeing Tutankhamun's mask and accoutrements was exciting, especially for someone who had been fascinated by Egypt as a child. The museum's layout is fairly straightforward, but signage is often lacking; either a tour guide or a more-than-basic knowledge of Egyptian history and culture should come with you, as not everything is marked or explained. Most signage is in English and Arabic, with French a close second.

The Royal Mummy exhibit/hall is an extra LE100 for adults; you may or may not want to pay to go see a collection of quite well-preserved mummies. We elected to do so and felt it was worth the value, particularly as we'd then be going on to see some of the tombs in Luxor. If you're not interested in it, then go ahead and pass it up - it really is just the wrapped bodies, and not an additional collection of artefacts.

1  Thank Maitreyi
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

I dont know if there is anywhere you can go and see so many mummies/dead people in one place!!! since I cant take photos inside I wont be able to share.... we enjoyed our tour guide and it was great to understand how ancient egypt worked... I loved every moment of it... a museum will never be the same...make sure you go to see King Tutankamun and pay the extra to see royal mummies...over 5000 years old and still looks amazing! mind blowing!

Thank Disneyz
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

its right in the center of cairo, go there early at 9 am to finish before its too hot, you just need a three hour visit , start from top to bottom with a king tut visit

Thank sara s
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