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Jun 5, 2010 - Cairo    3 Comments

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities (Cairo, Egypt)

An extensive building and massive collection of Egyptian antiquities, the Museum (also commonly referred to as the ‘Cairo Museum’ or, ‘The Egyptian Museum’) is truly a destination in its own right, with at least 136,000 items on display; hundreds of thousands of additional items languish in the museum’s basement storerooms and are added to each year with ongoing excavation and discovery.

Hours of Operation: The museum is open daily from 0900 – 1700.

Admission: 60 LE (or 30 LE with a student card).  This does not include admission to see the Royal Mummies – additional tickets must be purchased to enter the exhibit.  A ticket to view the Royal Mummies costs 100 LE (50 LE if you’re a student with a valid student ID).

Get There: The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities can be reached easily via Sadat Metro station in Midan Tahrir.  Actually, probably one of the easiest ways to negotiate the busy Tahrir Square area is to use the interconnecting underground pedestrian tunnels linking the Metro station with various points in and around the Square. This can save a great deal of time and prevent much negotiation of crazy traffic and the ongoing remodeling of the Square itself.

Of course, taxis are readily available to transport you to the Egyptian Museum.

TheRoyal Mummies

If you choose to pay the extra 100 LE (50 LE for students) to see the mummies, it’s important to note there is 2 rooms you can enter using same ticket.  Don’t miss one of them!  Many of the Pharaohs of the New Kingdom period and later are displayed here in the Royal Mummy Hall, which is at the corner of the first floor lobby. There are mummies of eleven kings and queens that are kept in temperature and pressure controlled glass cabinets on display. Unfortunately, some Mummies are not even identified by the name or the period to which they belong to and other chronological information.


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