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The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Cairo

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Ancient history at its best, The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities boasts a collection notable for its standout pieces and, with a total of around 120,000 pieces, for its depth. First timers will want to see the Gold Mask of Tutankhamen, the young ruler's funerary mask, discovered in 1925 and perhaps the most iconic of the museum's artifacts. The ground floor displays a wealth of coins and papyrus fragments, while up on the first floor you'll find most of the findings from the Valley of the Kings. Put The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities into our Cairo day trip planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Cairo.
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  • This is the museum that houses the Tutankhamun exhibits. we went in December in the afternoon. it was packed with people. You are not allowed to take any photos in the Tutankhamun gallery but the... 
    This is the museum that houses the Tutankhamun exhibits. we went in December in the afternoon. it was packed with people. You are not allowed to take any photos in the Tutankhamun gallery but the...  more »
  • I had high expectations but was a little disappointed with this. The layout appears to disjointed, the presentation of the pieces is not good, not well lit, not that well maintained. I am hoping... 
    I had high expectations but was a little disappointed with this. The layout appears to disjointed, the presentation of the pieces is not good, not well lit, not that well maintained. I am hoping...  more »
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  • I don’t know if there are audio guides on the museum and that might change the experience. I went with our tour guide, from a Egypt tour. He explained some of the main pieces, but only like 30min, and then we walked by ourselves. There are some signs in there for you to read but too little. So maybe if you get a audio guide it is better. It is a bit hot inside, but they are constructing the new one ☺️ It has great treasures, like Tutankhamen treasures and golden mask, many mummies and many many coffins and falses doors. It is a must see without any doubts! It is probably a better experience with an audio guide
  • My guide book said this famous museum was packed with exhibits and hard to work your way around. A guide definitely helps. Few exhibits are well labelled and it would be easy to miss something great if you tried to do it yourself. If you want to see a properly laid out modern museum in Egypt then my advice would be to go to the Luxor Museum. With the Great Egyptian Museum apparently close to opening, there are growing sections of this one now gutted and empty. It feels like closing sale! The highlight is the Tutankhamen exhibit. No photos in the treasure room. But I care less as looking at the golden mask was worth the trip. I wonder what will happen to this museum. It could be amazing but needs serious renovation. Also the traffic to get to and from the location is hectic.

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