The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This famous museum houses the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyption artifacts (more than 120,000 items on display) featuring the famous Tutankhamun collection with its beautiful gold death mask and sarcophagus and the royal Mummy room, which houses an additional eleven Pharaonic dignitaries.
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  • Olga
    London, United Kingdom109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phenomenal museum
    This is an amazing, historic museum with a wealth of Egyptian artifacts. The museum is huge so it's worth having a guide to show you the highlights. Definitely go and see the Tutankhamun collection on the second floor. Be aware that the royal mummies have been moved to the Civilisation Museum (as of 2021) and a lot of other artifacts look like they have been moved to the Grand Egyptian Museum (which is not yet open).
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 2, 2023
  • Sarah L
    London, United Kingdom3,312 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A step into Ancient Egypt
    Would highly recommend booking tickets in advance. As of June 1st, ticket prices increased by 50% to 300 EGP per person. However, they still had not updated the prices on the exterior entrance or on the website. The museum itself is huge and if you are a fan of the history of the pharoahs and mummification, you'll be spoilt for choice. Arguably, the crown in the jewel is the room dedicated to Tutankhamun. This room is cooler than the rest of the museum (which is not air conditioned) and no photos are permitted in there. It features his glorious death mask as well as the sarcophogi which housed his body and many other items which were found with him.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Myismail2@aol.com
    Droitwich, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    EGYPT at its best..... History and marvel cannot wait to see the new museum
    A lovely museum full of beautiful artifacts, What a Joy to spend time and think of how long ago this all has been. The people that mange this museum has a great experience and appreciate the visitors that has come a long way to shar this fantastic show. In every room there is more exabites to make a museum from one room. Perfect…. please have time to enjoy.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Aisha Y
    Cairo, Egypt106 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Egyptian Museum
    Visiting the Egyptian Museum is a must for anyone interested in ancient Egypt. To make the most of your visit, plan to spend several hours exploring the amazing collection. Do not forget to hire a professional tour guide to gain deeper insights into the historical significance and context of the exhibits.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 14, 2023
  • newflyer
    Bridgeport, Connecticut1,223 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth seeing, even after the new museum opens
    I went to the new GEM museum, which is not open yet so you can only see the lobby area before I went to this museum which I have seen before, 9 years ago. It is unfortunate that I was not able to take photos in the Tut room this time as I was able to take photos last time and it was something I was really looking forward to. It is also unfortunate that the caretakers of this museum seem to have neglected it in favor of the new museum. The glass cases were often dirty, many of the displays were missing having been moved to the new museum in anticipation of its opening and there were crates of things to be moved to the new museum in many locations. There was still tons of stuff to see here and the architecture of the building itself is worth a visit. I definitely recommend a guide when you go here, they really bring the place to life. The A/C was not on when we were here and I definitely remember it being on in the Tut room last time. I guess things change a lot in 9 years and sometimes not for the better.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Tom Moser
    Fallbrook, California159 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Until new museum opens, it is worth the time!
    When I booked my trip to Egypt, I had hoped that the new museum would be opening. After my trip… don’t hold your breath! So, I went to the old museum and was pleasantly surprised at the items still in residence. Many of Tut’s tomb items now reside in the new unopened museum and can be seen only by “special” invite ….. no idea how to get the invite! However, the old museum looks worn, but the items are still amazing. Jewelry, statues, sarcophagus, tablets and fabulous other tomb’s items and all you would expect to see in a 1st class museum. I took about 2 Hrs and was happy.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Alan Mayo
    Aldeburgh, United Kingdom60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum still hosting Tutenkhamun until the new museum completes
    We had to fit this visit in on way to airport so had bags and time constrained. First point flight bags can be left for a tip at the left luggage cabin which is inside the museum complex (bags need to go through security screening at main gate) but outside the museum building near the cafeteria. The museum itself is fab not least because it is still currently (Sept 23) housing the Tutankhamun treasures, although lots of other things to see when those get relocated to the new museum being completed late in 2023? on West Bank near Pyramids. We quickly realised that to make the most of our two hours we'd need a guide.We spoke to one of the security guards in the museum and he contacted a guide on our behalf who showed up within a few minutes. Our guide Osama see details in photo was great complete contrast to some of the scammers who set up as guides around these attractions. He spoke good English, gave us the context of what we were seeing, was genuinely knowledgeable and really focused us on the interesting and unusual things to see there, highly recommend him.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Ian D
    London, United Kingdom129 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Atmospheric
    This was my third visit over many years and there is still something atmospheric about coming here. Clearly some items have been removed to be put in the Grand Egyptian Museum (opening January 2024...maybe) (GEM) but there are still may many items to see and wander around. As I am sure many commentators have said not everything is labeled and may be described as higgldly piggidly but that gives it the atmosphere it has had for many years. Imporatnt point for potential visitors, as of the date of this review, the Tutankamun face mask, his coffins and other items from his tomb are on display here and still astound. I suppose they will move to the GEM but currently here and not to be missed.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Ryan S
    Cardiff, United Kingdom604 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Excellent Collection
    Visited on a excursion from Hurghada, this 100+ year old museum is just excellent. It took ages to get in, but it was worth the wait. Its not a very large museum compared to other major museums, but there are quite a lot of notable displays. The most notable display is everything to do with Tutankhamum which includes his mask, his coffin and notable artefacts from his tomb which are found on the upper floor in a small, dark, cramped room, in which you cannot take photos in unless you pay the security guard. Other notable displays include Statue of Djoser, Menkaure Triad Statue, Statue of Khafre, Statue of Mentuhotep II, Statue of Osiris, Statue of Rameses II, Colossal statuary group of Amenhotep III, Coffin of Akhenaten, Funerary Mask of Tuya, 2 famous Pyramidions, 2 Egyptian Mummies and many decorated coffins. There is so much too see and so much history behind each display. Its worth spending 2 hours in the actual museum. To get in is a very long waiting time as it is very popular with tourists and tour groups. However, this attraction just cannot be missed.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • LonelyPlant
    Manchester, United Kingdom129 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating museum with many ancient exhibits
    The Museum is currently in a state of flux, as some of the treasures have been transferred to the New Egyptian Museum of Civilisation with the mummies, whilst others are filed in the archives and will, no doubt, go to the new, modern museum adjacent to the Giza plateau and pyramids. Once the new museum opens and there has been sufficient time to organise the items and distribute them to their new homes for display, all will be wonderful. Tutankhamen’s glorious treasures and those of the lesser-known Psussennes are stunning and well worth the visit. However, there is far more to see than the gold and silver mummy cases, beautiful jewellery and other precious items. Areas containing priceless artefacts cannot be photographed, though many people tried. Security guards are ever vigilant! If interested in Egyptology, this is somewhere you would spend a couple of days in! Entry is 300 EGP (approximately £7 or $10 or €10) at the moment.
    Visited September 2023
    Written October 6, 2023
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rimaSC
Seneca, SC356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
One of 3 museums in Cairo and a must see if only for the King Tut treasures. This is an amazing, historic museum with a wealth of Egyptian artifacts. It is an older building and was extremely crowded. I am not sure what, if any, of the King Tut treasures may be moved to the new museum just opening in Cairo. But even without those artifacts there are many other things to see.
Written May 23, 2024
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Antonella67
Brazil2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Your visit to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities was an enchanting journey through the annals of time, revealing the splendor and mystique of ancient Egypt in all its glory. From the moment you set foot within its storied halls, you were enveloped in a palpable sense of history, surrounded by treasures that bore witness to a civilization that thrived millennia ago. The meticulously preserved artifacts, from towering statues to intricately adorned sarcophagi, whispered tales of pharaohs and gods, offering glimpses into the beliefs, customs, and daily lives of a bygone era. Among the myriad wonders, iconic pieces like the enigmatic bust of Nefertiti and the dazzling treasures of Tutankhamun stood as testament to the unparalleled artistry and craftsmanship of ancient Egypt, leaving an indelible mark on your memory and igniting a passion for the mysteries of the past.
Written May 18, 2024
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Karin aus D
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Excellent collection of very interesting pieces of Egyptian history, must-see in Cairo. Particularly, the Tutanchamun-treasuries are stunning.
But be prepared to see an old museum with the feeling of being very crowded, little signs on the pieces are there for explanation.
Written May 16, 2024
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maisie24
Edinburgh, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We had a great day here. Our guided Dina was very good informing us of all the history and we loved spending time wandering around. We booked Dina from Egypt Excursions online through getyourguide and would highly recommend her.
Written May 10, 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Mixed feelings about this museum. It is loaded with treasures, including one section devoted to all the gold of King Tut. So you will be amazed. But the place is not in good condition and shows its age. And it is overwhelmed with group tours like ours so you will be contending with crowds. Can't wait for the new museum in Giza to open.
Written May 6, 2024
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Karloni
Chippenham, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I you love Egyptian history then this place is a must. In every nook and corner of the museum has a fascinating piece of history. Most is labelled but there are parts that are unidentified. You really need to spend a few hours appreciating everything on display. The crown jewel of the museum is obviously the King Tut display. It is truly beautiful. located on the second floor opposite side to the entrance. No cameras allowed in this part.
To truly make your visit worth while book a tour guide. The museum offers very little to help you navigate. If there was a handout map or a self guided audio tour then it wasn't advertised well because we couldn't find it. A tour guide is definitely recommended, it will help you appreciate the history more.
Written May 6, 2024
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Moora
Chelsea, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It was great chance to see all these parts of ancient antiques and gold stuff. We really enjoyed our time there and thanks goes to our travel agent (Horus Travel Service)
Written May 4, 2024
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The Egyptian Museum opened in 1902. (Egypt built a new museum called the Grand Egyptian Museum near the pyramids at Giza. The museum is partially opened, but the grand opening ceremony will not occur while the conflict in Gaza is still going on. Once the conflict is over, Egypt can put on a grand opening party for the Grand Egyptian Museum.) Some objects have been moved to the new museum, but there is still plenty to see in the original museum.

The attached photos show some of the treasures found in this museum.
--The Narmer Palette, ca. 3000 BC. King Narmer is shown in the symbolic act of unifying Upper and Lower Egypt.
--A statue of King Khafre (ca. 2520-2494 BC), who built the 2nd pyramid at Giza.
--Yuya's outer anthropoid coffin. He was the great-grandfather of King Tutankhamun.
--The gilded wooden throne of King Tutankhamun (ca. 1336-1327 BC).
--A Ka statue of Tutankhamun wearing the Khat Headdress.
The museum has a room with King Tut's gold mask, coffin, and other treasures. No photography is allowed in that room.
Written April 30, 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The new Grand Egyptian Museum is in progress and is currently operating in "soft opening" mode. We knew people who have been able to arrange visits to the GEM. There are items from this and other museums that have already been moved there and more moves are planned. However, we only visited the Old Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and I really didn't notice much of a change between my 2018 and 2024 visits.

We had visited the pyramids and the tombs and they are wonderful but the best treasures are held here. From Cheops, of the biggest pyramid, whose sole remaining statue is a tiny ivory figure, to sphinxes modelled after pharaohs such as Hatshepsut and Amenemhat III, to the atrium filled with gigantic statues, to statues from Amenhotep of Amara, Golden mummies from Bahariya Oasis, statues of scribes and smaller items there is just so much to see. Tutankhamun's sarcophagus (no photos) and treasures (except for the chariots) are still on display here (though planned to move) as is the equally interesting tomb of Yuya and Thuya with their sarcophagi. Except for Tutankhamun's rooms (and probably the mummy rooms) photos are allowed.

There are some rooms that are so full of displays that it is hard to take them in. We did find having a guide helped prioritize and explain what we were seeing. In March we found touring the museum was more pleasant than my last time in October as the museum isn't air conditioned.
Written April 24, 2024
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JanLinksGroningen
Groningen, The Netherlands1,306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The best museum in The World When You love farao’s And mummies. A absolute must see in The dirty City of Caïro . But the most things are going to move to the new museum and that's a shame
Written April 16, 2024
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