Coptic Museum
 
 
 

 


  

Founded in 1910 and renovated in 2006, the Coptic Museum in Cairo is dedicated to the culture and history of the Copts, Egypt’s orthodox Christians, who make up approximately 10% of Egypt’s current population. The museum’s collection, which includes icons, textiles, books, religious items, and objects of daily use, illustrates the essential role that Copts have traditionally played in Egyptian society, as well as their importance to the development of Christianity and Christian Monasticism. Labels are in Arabic, English, and French.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Open daily 9AM-9PM

TICKET COST:
Egyptian: LE 2 (LE 1, students)
Foreign: LE 40 (LE 20, students)


Student rates available to bearers of a valid student ID from an Egyptian university or an
International Student ID Card (ISIC)

LOCATION:
Mar Girgis St., Old Cairo

DIRECTIONS:
BY METRO: Helwan Line, Mar Girgis station. The museum gate is directly in front of the station.
BY CAR OR TAXI: Ask for "al-met-haf al-qib-tee." Taxi drivers may not be familiar with “al-met-haf al-qib-tee”; it would be very helpful to add that it is close to the mosque of Amr Ibn el-Ass.
BY BUS: Direction Maadi, get off at Old Cairo Police Station. The museum is located on the opposite side of the street, facing Mar Girgis metro station.

FACILITIES:
Cafeteria (coming soon), gift shop, school, luggage office, library (not open to the public)

Guides are not provided. A catalogue of the museum collection is available for purchase at the bookstore.
The museum is wheelchair-accessible.

CONTACT INFO:
Phone: (02) 2362-8766/ (02) 2363-9742

MUSEUM WEBSITE:
http://www.copticmuseum.gov.eg/

NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED. Cameras must be checked at the museum compound entrance. For special permission, go to the SCA Rules and Regulations page.

Abdeen Palace Exterior

Exterior of the Coptic Museum (SCA Archive)

 
Abdeen Palace

Textile decorated with a piper, 4th-5th century AD (courtesy of Nadja Tomoum)