Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Ranked #9 in Egypt Tourism
Egyptian Museum, being counted among the largest museums in the world and, just as good, the largest in Egypt, is no small reputation. It took many years of hard won victories and a sense of heritage before the Egyptian Museum came to be. You’ll probably have heard it being called the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. It’s more than that.
Egyptian Museum Trivia
What’s interesting about the place is that it was first built in 1891 in Boulak before being moved to the Giza Palace belonging then to Ismail Pasha. Modern times saw to the antiquities being moved to where they now sit for all to see. Tahrir Square in Cairo plays host to this amazing place where history is preserved for public viewing and learning sees the sky as the limit.
When it opened on November 15, 1902, the 107 halls that make up this building would never have guessed they’d gain the love, appreciation, glory and admiration of the world. Being Egyptian, they certainly didn’t forget to include the influence of the mighty pharaohs and the indelible force they’d exerted when crafting Egypt itself.
From the gigantic statues occupying the ground floors to the mummies, jewels, and more taking up the upper floors, you’ll find this and obviously more here at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.
It’s home to one of the most legendary findings of the 20th century: Tutankhamen’s tomb. The boy-prince was known for courting his share of conspiracy and ruling at a very young age. His wealth was so renowned even Howard Carter—archaeologist, husband to the bestselling crime author Agatha Christie, and discoverer of the tomb—was shocked when he unearthed the find.
The library here is well stocked; established in 1902. You can expect to find everything to do with the Egyptian civilization in here, literature, arts, math, history, culture, medicine and more. Many a book enjoys a varied tongue, from English and French to Dutch and Arabic, among others.
Take a brochure with you when you visit because it helps greatly. The Museum is divided into sections that make it easier to view its collection. The list that follows is official and grants you an idea of what you can expect inside.
- The first section: Tutankhamen’s treasures.
- The second section: The pre-dynasty and Old Kingdom monuments.
- The third section: The first intermediate period and the Middle Kingdom monuments.
- The forth section: The monuments of the Modern Kingdom.
- The fifth section: The monuments of the late period and the Greek and Roman periods.
- The sixth section: Coins and papyrus.
- The seventh section: Sarcophagi and scarabs.
The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is the place to go for anyone who loves the past, history, ancient civilizations and the power of the pharaohs.