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Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Tahrir Square

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Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Tahrir Square

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The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, located in Cairo, Egypt, is a world-renowned institution that houses the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world. Established in 1901, the museum is an impressive building that exhibits over 120,000 artifacts that represent the various historical periods of ancient Egypt.

The museum features numerous galleries that provide visitors with a glimpse into ancient Egyptian life and culture. The ground floor hosts an impressive collection of statues, sarcophagi, and papyri, while the first floor is home to the Royal Mummies Room, where mummies of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs are displayed. The museum’s collection includes a wide range of artifacts, from everyday household items to priceless treasures that belonged to influential figures in ancient Egyptian history.

One of the museum’s most famous exhibits is Tutankhamun’s treasure, which includes his iconic gold burial mask. Other notable exhibits include the Narmer Palette, the Akhenaten Gallery, and the Egyptian Jewelry Gallery (most of which are moved to the New Grand Egyptian Museum). The museum is also home to fascinating papyri dating back to the Old Kingdom, as well as the fascinating tomb artifacts of the Valley of the Kings.

Aside from the museum’s collection, the Department of Antiquities operated a saleroom in the museum from 1902, where original ancient Egyptian artworks and other original artifacts were sold. The museum also has a garden adjacent to the main building dedicated to famous Egyptologists of the world, serving as a memorial to their contribution to the study of ancient Egypt.

Despite facing a series of issues, including insufficient space and conservation needs, the museum remains a critical institution for preserving the history of ancient Egypt and presenting it to the world. Its impressive collection of artifacts and rare pieces makes it one of the world’s top museums and a favorite for tourists who visit Egypt.

In addition to its current collection, Egypt is currently constructing a new Egyptian Museum at Giza, expected to open in 2022, that will house more than 100,000 objects, making it one of the largest museums in the world. The Grand Egyptian Museum, as it’s known, will be a world-class institution that features interactive exhibits, immersive experiences, and cutting-edge technology that will help bring the stories of ancient Egypt to life.

History of the Egyptian Antiquities Museum

The museum was built first in Bulaq, then it was moved to Giza Palace of Khedive Ismael, Cairo museum which is now in Tahrir Square was opened in 1901. It houses the antiquities that were collected by Mariette Pacha, a French Egyptologist who was later titled the father of Egyptology).

Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Tahrir Square
Tutankhamun Alabaster head

The museum accommodates more than a hundred thousand ancient pieces all displayed in historical order, it is divided into two stories; on the ground floor visitors can see the antiquities from:

Yoya & Thoya collection

While on the upper floor visitors can see antiquities from:

  • Tutankhamen’s tomb (Most of its content is now moved to the GEM)
  • Coffins and mummies from the new kingdom, and the late period
  • The Royal mummies room (Moved to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization)
  • The animal mummies room
  • The contents of Yuya and Thuya’s tomb
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Notes: Child pricing applies to children who share rooms with their parents (Max 2 Children in one Room)

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My boyfriend and I, and our dearest mutual friend, booked the 7Days-6Nights tour. In short time, we visited Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor sailing down the down the Nile, pit stopping to see key sites at these location – and so much more!!! We got to know the ancient and modern egypt in depth thanks to Hani’s impressive knowledge. He also enlightened us on the people and their beliefs and went as far as showing us what a typical life looks like. I cannot express the level of personalized service Hani offered us. He was flexible to adapt to our requirements and added sites to our schedule that was not part of the tour simply to ensure we were 100% satisfied with our experience in Egypt.

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Nille cruise,Luxor and Aswan where amazing sites to see, specially when you have with you the best tour guide in Egypt .Hamada was absolutely fantastic, lots of information and some of them not spoken by others. This guy was not only a simple tour guide for us, he became a good friend also. Was a one in lifetime experience. Highly recommend Fun Tours. Really a great experience.

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Hamada was incredible! So knowledgeable and kind. He had information about every item, street corner, and relic we looked at. Any questions we had, he had answers! He even made sure to give us tips while walking through the crowds so that’s we would feel more comfortable when being approached by vendors. Oh and the food?! He took us to the best places! Delicious food!! We tried Egyptian fried chicken, falafel for the first time, the best shawarma in the city (we love food). We even got to meet his beautiful wife and children and try some “French” Egyptian coffee in their home! Truly made friends for life!! We’ve promised to host him and the family when they travel to America for the first time! Such an incredible experience, and Hamada (and family) made it that much more memorable and amazing!

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Excellent trip to historic sites with no one else around. We came to see Egypt while most places still had COVID19 fears. The staff at Egypt Fun Tours were professional, safe, and great to deal with. Very helpful, knowledgeable, and entertaining. I feel like I just got a a year of Egyptology in the last week and we had all the sites to ourselves due to COVID19. While people are shutting down and staying home you should feel safe to come explore with Egypt Fun Tours and have the place to yourself.
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Trip of a lifetime!! COVID SAFE!! Knowledgeable guide who loves to share the magic of Egypt with tourists. Friendly and accomodating. This company goes to the extreme to make clients feel welcome and help you. Family company who takes good care of their support staff. Must book the 7 night trip which gives you a great feel for all of the history in upper and lower Egypt. The guide is an expert photographer and historian. He knows so much about each site and the culture. You MUST take this guide to teach you all about Egypt!

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