A Look Inside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

For history fans, getting inside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo is a dream come true. It is filled with intriguing and interesting collections that would blow your mind away. The artifacts aren’t just there to give us a glimpse of the ancient Egyptian civilization, but they’re there to remind us of the vast wealth of Pharaohs and their cohorts.

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is the largest in the country. It is home to 120,000 items that are collected from numerous archaeological sites across the country. If you’re a keen historian or archaeologist, a day spent here wouldn’t be enough to see all of these items. But, if you’re here for a visit, it’s better to get in with a guide so you would be shown to the more interesting artifacts. If you go alone, you’ll be overwhelmed with all the relics around you. Many of these relics don’t even have descriptions. You’ll literally be lost in the middle of this massive museum. If you’ve got more time and money to spare, get one of those audio guides and explore it alone.

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

Egyptian Museum in Cairo is also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.
Egyptian Museum in Cairo is also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

It has the most extensive collection of pharaonic artifacts in the world.

Egyptian Museum in Cairo is also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.
Egyptian Museum in Cairo is also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

And this is the only museum I’ve been to where there’s no replica on any antiquity.

Egyptian Museum in Cairo is also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.
Egyptian Museum in Cairo is also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

Once you pass the human scanner at the lobby, you’ll be in dilemma on where to start.

Egyptian Museum in Cairo is also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.
Egyptian Museum in Cairo is also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

The ground floor houses the heavy statues, papyrus, and coin collections.

Things to do in Cairo / Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.
Egyptian Museum in Cairo is also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

There are solid coffins (sarcophagi) of pharaohs and other royals, too.

Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.
Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

On the first floor, you’ll find small statues.

Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.
Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

You’ll find mummies, too.

Things to do in Cairo / Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.
Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

And some hieroglyphs painted inside the tombs.

Things to do in Cairo / Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.
Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

This one intrigued me.

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Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

You’ll find treasures discovered inside Tutankhamen’s tomb on the first floor, too.

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Egyptian Museum in Cairo is also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

This huge box was carefully designed and plated in gold.

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Egyptian Museum in Cairo is also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

And there’s this bed plated in gold.

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Egyptian Museum in Cairo is also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

There’s a special room (and additional fee) for all things Tutankhamen, where you can see THAT shiny, gold-plated bust you see in the pages of history books.

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to enter the room because by the time we finished, museum doors were closing. Once you enter the museum, walk on your right and go to the first floor. It’s on your right, adjacent to the stairs. You can’t miss it. 

The builder of the oldest and largest of the three Pyramids (Khufu) is reduced to this tiny figurine.

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Statues of the Royal Family.

Tourist attractions in Cairo

She’s broken but she still looks beautiful. Her smile could rival that of Mona Lisa’s.

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(Left) Queen Nefertiti.

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Note for Improvement
The artifacts aren’t presented well enough to make it more interesting. They are placed close to each other and it looks like the museum is hoarding a lot of things inside.

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After walking around for 10 minutes, it felt like I was in a warehouse rather than in a museum. And there are so many things that remained unlabelled, making it really boring.

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The Good News
They’re building a multi-million dollar museum that is in the Pyramids area. It could have been opened some time ago if it had not been of the Egyptian Revolution that happened in 2011. Hopefully, they won’t stick to their boring organization of artifacts. It has to be arranged like a visitor is on a journey of discovery.

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