The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Cairo: Hours, Address, The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities Reviews: 4.5/5

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
4.5
09:00 - 17:00
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
Sunday
09:00 - 17:00
About
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.
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  • Sadat • 4 min walk
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P&ZH
Western Canada163 contributions
Hot, crowded and noisy
Sep 2021 • Couples
If you’re here you might as well see it but it’s hot, crowded and lots of areas are closed off. They’re in the ugly time before the opening of the new museum.
Don’t go first thing because that’s when the tour buses arrive. Try from noon on.
You can take all the cell phone pictures you want without a photo ticket. Save your $$. Barely worth the admission price anyway.
Written 23 September 2021
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Isa W
Colombo, Sri Lanka197 contributions
What a mess.
Sep 2021 • Solo
What a mess. This was one of the last things I visited in Egypt. I didn't use a tour guide, but I should have. Only a tiny fraction of things are labeled, and even those labels are super old. There is not a clear map of the building, and it's like a maze sometimes (especially if you're looking at stuff out of order to avoid tour groups). There were fans and some air conditioning, but it was still super crowded and dusty and chaotic inside. Seeing the King Tut stuff was cool. They have about a million sarcophagi too.
If you want to see mummies, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization was much better.
Lots of stuff is packed up to move to the Grand Egyptian Museum that will open someday. You have to check your camera into storage if you didn't buy a ticket, so check it to the left of the ticket counter before entering the museum building. It took me about 2 hours to wander through everything. If you're short on time, definitely hire a guide to show you the highlights.
Written 19 September 2021
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D G
Amman, Jordan82 contributions
Under renovation, super hot and suffocating
Sep 2021
This is like the most well known Museum of Egypt but currently not being managed well.
While the collection is great, but Museum is very poorly managed. It is dusty, not clean and very very hot inside with no fans or Air Conditioning. For such famous museum, this kind of mismanagement was highly unexpected.
Written 19 September 2021
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Flor C
2 contributions
Caution-Do Not think you can do this by yourself!
Sep 2021 • Friends
This was the culmination of a month long trip through Egypt. We were a group of 13 and we always had professional guides. Tour this museum with a guide do not do it on your own. Read ahead or listen to audiobooks, to be prepared for what you will see. Have a professional guide to put what you are viewing in perspective. It can be difficult to focus with kids running around and other guides speaking loudly. If your group uses the headphones they help, but are uncomfortable for longer than 45 minutes. The lady in the second floor restroom charges double if you are a foreigner. Don’t slip —bathrooms have wet floors. Take your time, have an ice cream and sit on a bench at the end and bring your head back to this age.
Written 12 September 2021
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Mohamed Ameen
2 contributions
Poor Management Skills, No Airconditioning System
Sep 2021 • Couples
No aircons working inside museum, they allow too many people in at one time. They should allow for bookings to better manage the flow of tourists.
Written 10 September 2021
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Norman M
Houston, TX896 contributions
Must see King Tut artifacts
Sep 2021
The museum still houses all the artifacts from King Tut, so it is still well worth visiting just for that. The section with the King Tut artifacts is on the 2nd floor behind a security wall as the items are all solid gold. It is incredible to see all these artifacts in one place.

A few things to note:

1.) There is no air conditioning, so make sure you can keep cool.
2.) A lot of the artifacts have been moved to the GEM, but that is not open yet. You are basically here for a smaller museum than what it was.
3.) You cannot take pictures of the gold exhibit items of King Tut
Written 7 September 2021
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smvNYC
New York City, NY157 contributions
Worth the visit
Aug 2021
While the opening of the Great Egyptian Museum continues to be pushed further, a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities remains a must while in Cairo. We visited it in an afternoon on the first day of our stay in Egypt. The place was not crowded and some parts seemed to be in the process of being packed up for move. Yet, the remaining artifacts (including ones from the Tutankhamun tomb!) more than warrant the admission price.
It is amazing that most of the museum does not have working AC. As in other places in Egypt, the museum continues to charge for using a photo camera (that we paid). We also had a video camera that we had to leave at the entrance. While in the museum however, nobody asked us about the photo permit and seeing many people taking photos with cell phones makes me wonder if they had to pay also.
Written 28 August 2021
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Liza A
Arlington, VA14 contributions
Fascinating Artifacts, Limited Information and Protection
Aug 2021 • Solo
The artifacts in the museum are very impressive and worth seeing. However, the information provided about them is very limited so it’s difficult to know what you’re looking at. Additionally, many items are in the process of being moved to the new museum in Giza. The mummies are already gone and parts of the museum look like a warehouse. Half-packed items are sitting around, which was bizarre. Also, I was surprised by the lack of protection of many of the larger pieces. While most small items and many large items were behind glass, many of the large statues were just out with no barrier around them and no supervision from museum staff. A girl climbed up one of the sphinxes and some cleaning women were sitting against another item! Also, as others have noted, there is not air conditioning and the only place to buy water is outside the building so be prepared.
Written 28 August 2021
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Antoine D
Montreal, Canada123 contributions
Egypt museum
Aug 2021 • Friends
Located in the heart of Cairo on tahrir square this (old) museum is full of mommies and everything that comes to your mind related to the pharaonic area
Sarcophagus papyrus carvings and huge statues
The museum is very big and not easy to visit

Few weeks ago, the Egyptian president his excellency General SiSi has officially opened the New Egyptian museum in Giza, the biggest museum in the world
But till now the majority of items are still in the old one

The momies has been transferred to the new museum ( only few remained in the old one)
Good visit !
Written 25 August 2021
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Beryle
39 contributions
1st day Ciro
Aug 2021 • Family
A place of interest for sure, loved the way it was set up.
With so much to see and read, I spent 2 hours there... and still I could have stayed longer.
Remember to bring enough water with you. As you cannot go outside and buy and re enter.
Written 24 August 2021
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