The Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum is fairly large and, realistically, contains more than can be taken in in one visit. Of course it all depends on how into ancient Egypt you are, (I'm not particularly) but it's worth more than one visit. There's too much here for individual mention, but you must be fascinated by the room devoted to ostraca (flakes of limestone used for rough sketches, doodles, shopping lists, whatever): a glimpse of of the everyday from four thousand years ago, although the predynastic exhibits are wonderful as well, (respect to Flinders Petrie) and the Fayoum Portraits are magnificent. Here you will see the riches of Tutankhamen and the statue of Khafre. The golden sarcophagus and treasure of Tutankhamun has the power to hold visitors in quiet contemplation for hours.

You'll see here original objects found at the tomb of Tutankhamun, like the three coffins made of pure gold,jewelries,funeral masks in pure gold and many others.There's also a Mummy Room (additional ticket required),here you'll see preserved remains of some Egypt rulers.And there's also an Animal Mummy Room. There are also life-size statues,wooden figurines and lots of artifacts sources about life and beliefs in Ancient Egypt. The Royal Mummy Room is probably one of the more bizarre tourist attractions you will see at this popular Cairo museum. Some mummies even have their faces unwrapped, but be prepared to line up with the crowds and forget about any flash photography. A guided tour is recommended to help get your head around complex Egyptology.

There are three principal museums in Cairo: the Grand Museum of Egypt, to be built near the Pyramids, the National Civilization Museum at Fustat and the existing Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square. Each museum has its own character, something special that attract people.

The Egyptian Museum, with its dazzling array of treasures from Pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb - his exquisite golden death mask, rings, earrings and combs; beaten-gold bracelets, necklaces and collars inlaid with turquoise, amethyst and other precious materials; carved boxwood and ebony tomb furniture; pale alabaster canopic funerary jars, vases, oil and grain amphorae; and graceful statues of sweet- faced tomb goddesses.

Egyptian Museum Highlights

Total Objects: 142000

Graeco-Roman and Coptic Periods

Room 34: the trilingual Decree of Canopus (238 B.C.), in hieroglyphic, demotic and Greek scripts.

Grand Gallery

Stone sarcophagi of the Old Kingdom.

Grave Goods

Room 13: sarcophagi and grave goods from the Tomb of Yuya and Tuya, parents-in-law of Amenoph is III. Room 12: material from royal tombs at Thebes. Room 17: material from the tomb of the fan bearer


Room 3: a magnificent collection of jewelry, illustrating the development of the goldsmith's art from the earliest period (c. 3200 B.C.) to Byzantine times (A.D. 395-650).

Late Period

Room24. head of a high official (No. 1,184); head of King Taharqa (the Tirhakah of the Old Testament; No. 1,185); the " Pithom Stela" of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (No. 851 ) Room 30: alabaster statue of princess Amenirdis (No. 930).

Middle Kingdom and Hyksos Period

Room 26. limestone statue of Amenemhet III (No. 284). Room 22 (middle): tomb chamber of Harhotep, with pictures of the dead man's household goods (No. 300); ten over-life-size limestone statues of Sesostris I (Nos 301 ff.).
Royal Mummy Mummies Hall inside the Egyptian Museum, Cairo


Room 52: mummies, particularly mummies of Pharaohs, arranged in chronological order, followed by mummies of Queens. The X-ray photographs shown alongside the mummies have yielded information about their age, state of health and cause of death.

New Kingdom

Room 12: Tuthmosis III as a young man, wearing the crown of Upper Egypt (No. 400); inscription recording Tuthmosis lll's victories (No. 420); statue of Eset (Isis), mother of Tuthmosis III

Pyramid Period of the Old Kingdom

Room 42. Diorite statue of Chephren (No. 138); wooden statue known as the Village Headman (No. 140); seated figure of King Djoser (No. 6,008). Room 32: limestone statue of Prince Rahotep

Queen Hetepheres

Room 2: Furnishings of the Tomb of Queen Hetepheres, mother of Cheops.

Treasures of Tutankhamun

The treasures found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, son-in-law and successor of Amenophis IV (Akhenaten), who died at the age of 18. The tomb, discovered by Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings

Tutankhamun Coffin

Particularly fine is the King's innermost mummiform coffin, of solid gold, with the royal insignia of the vulture and uraeus on the forehead (Case 29; No. 219).

Tutankhamun Mask

Particularly fine is the gold portrait mask which lay within the gold coffin on the head of the mummy (Case 32; No. 220).


Recent acquisitions, special exhibitions.

Located on Maydan at-Tahrir Square is Cairo's second biggest tourist attraction; the Egyptian Museum. The museum includes over 120,000 pieces of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, which makes up the Worlds' largest collection of Egyptian antiquities. Open daily 9 – 4:30. Entrance costs EP100, and security is quite tight here too, so expect delays.

The Egyptian Museum /Cairo Egyptian Museum
Midan el-Tahir (Al-Mathaf al-Masri), Maydan at-Tahrir, 11557 Cairo, Egypt
Tel. +20-2-5742681, 5754319/10, +202 575 4319
Fax. +20-2-5795133
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Last Updated on Sunday 16th January 2011