Egyptian Museum in Cairo contains the world's
most extensive collection of pharaonic antiquities;
no visit to Egypt is complete without a trip
through its galleries. The original collection
was established in the late 19th century
under Auguste Mariette and housed in Boulaq.
The objects were moved in 1891 to the palace
of Ismail Pasha in Giza before being transferred
in 1902 to the current building at Tahrir
Square, which is the first purpose-built
museum edifice in the world.
in the Neoclassical style by Marcel Dourgnon,
the Egyptian Museum boasts 107 halls filled
with artifacts dating from the prehistoric
through the Roman periods, with the majority
of the collection focused on the pharaonic
era. The museum houses approximately 160,000
objects covering 5,000 years of Egypt's past.
ground floor takes the visitor on a chronological
tour through the collections, while the objects
on the upper floor are grouped according
to tomb or category; exhibits here include
the treasures of Tutankhamun, wooden models
of daily life, statuettes of divinities,
and a rare group of Faiyum Portraits. On
display on the second floor are also many
of the New Kingdom royal mummies.
are in Arabic and English
Open daily, 9:00
9:00 AM-5:00 PM during Ramadan
Egyptian: LE 4 (LE 2, students)
Foreign: LE 60 (LE 30, students)
Royal Mummies Room:
Egyptian: LE 10 (LE 5, students)
Foreign: LE 100 (LE 50, students)
Egyptian: LE 2 (LE 1, students)
Foreign: LE 10 (LE 5, students)
Student rates available to bearers of a valid student
ID from an Egyptian university or an International
Student ID Card (ISIC)
Midan al-Tahrir, Downtown Cairo
By metro: Sadat Station, follow signs to Egyptian
Museum exit and walk straight along the street.
By car or taxi: Ask for "al-met-haf al-masri"
By bus: Ask for "abdel minem-ryad"
Cafeteria, bank, post office, gift shop, library,
children's museum, school
Taped audio guides are available in English, French, and Arabic for LE 20.
Go to the kiosk in the front foyer to purchase.
Membership in the Friends of the Egyptian Museum organization is available.
Call for details (+20-(0)2-2579-4596).
SERVICES FOR PATRONS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS:
An elevator, located to the right of Gallery R43
(Pre- and Early Dynastic) is available for those unable to use the stairs--ask
the engineers in the office next to the elevator to activate it [pop-up map
with location marked with a dot].
Guided tours for blind and low-vision patrons are available upon request
(please phone in advance).
Phone: (02) 5794596
Fax: (02) 5794596
NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED. Cameras must be checked
at building entrance.
The Egyptian Museum, Cairo (Ahmed Amin)
of The Egyptian Museum (Egyptian Museum)