Unfortunately, due to the ongoing protests and upheavals, the tourist industry has all but disappeared in Cairo.... I feel bad saying that this meant I personally had amazing access to this museum, which was virtually empty of visitors. There were SOME other tourists and we were therefore privileged to be able to examine the exhibits at our leisure. I was alone in the room with the mask of Tutankhamen...... The Mummy rooms are 100% worth paying the extra for. An amazing experience. I took a Guide - this means you can be directed towards the most pertinent of exhibits but you can still head off towards whatever else takes your interest too, of course. The building itself is old-fashioned but utterly charming. The outside of the building is a beautiful pink shade and also has exhibits placed around, with landscaped areas.
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