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.
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