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Charlotte, North Carolina
July 6, 2004
I saved my last afternoon in Cairo and allowed about two hours for my visit. I wish I had allowed about two more hours. Friends of mine spent over five hours in the museum. It costs about $6 to visit, plus you should get a guide. The guides are lounging around near the ticket booth and won’t be shy about asking you to hire them for two hours. This costs another $20 for two hours, but it is essential to really understanding what you are seeing in the museum. These guides steer you toward the most important items and are extremely knowledgeable. My guide was full of facts, and he had a pretty good sense of humor as well.
As for the highlights, I really enjoyed Room 53 (mummified animals and birds). Everything from crocodiles to monkeys was mummified, and I learned a lot about the mummification process. I also thought the display was very well done. For a mummy add-on, you can go into the Mummy Room. This room has around eleven royal mummies. It costs an extra $10 to see the Mummy Room, but I didn’t mind, despite the fact that I thought it was a bit underwhelming. For me, it was worth seeing the human mummies to get some perspective on how small some of these people were back then. Plus, it was strangely interesting to see humans preserved from thousands of years ago.
I also enjoyed the Tutankhamen (King Tut) rooms. Tutankhamen’s tomb is the most complete (un-robbed) tomb discovered in modern times. Tutankhamen was not a particularly important pharaoh, but the tombs of the other pharaohs had been robbed long before Howard Carter uncovered King Tut’s tomb. The amount of treasure is simply amazing, and much of it is on display. One can only surmise how much treasure must have been in the tomb of a more important pharaoh. I really liked the gold room, which had many of the things people see most (i.e., the funerary masks). It was also neat to see more simple things like the games and other normal things that the ancient Egyptians would need to live in the afterlife.
In summary, allow enough time to see this wonderful museum. Although I particularly enjoyed some of the highlights, the totality of the experience and the thousands of artifacts guarantee that everyone will find something they enjoy.
From journal A Hectic Week in Cairo
Oak Hill, Virginia
May 31, 2004
From journal Egypt: The Jewel of the Nile
May 16, 2004
From journal Cairo Vacations
, United Kingdom
April 21, 2004
The museum is sectioned into a chronological order, and we managed to find our way round easy enough. Whether or not museums are your sort of thing, the Egyptian Museum is a must see for the Tutankhamen room alone. There is one room set aside for Tutenkhamen’s tombs, masks, and artefacts. All the Tutankhamen’s exhibits were naturally in a glass case, so photographs can be disappointing. (There are plenty of postcards, photos, and books available in the gift shops.)
The other main exhibit within the Egyptian Museum is the Royal Mummy Room. Unfortunately, there was an extra charge for this room. As seemed to be the trend within Egypt the cost of an attraction was split into several constituent parts. The price on the door was seldom the price to see all that was inside. There is rarely any indication of the total cost to visit everything within a particular attraction at the entrance, and you only find out about the extra charges once inside. The cost of the Mummy Room was 40EGP and at twice the entrance price, it seemed overpriced, so we opted out.
You should also be aware that there is a baggage check to enter the museum, so remember to leave your Swiss Army knife in the hotel.
The website is www.egyptianmuseum.gov.eg.
From journal Round The World -- Destination 1 Cairo
March 2, 2004
From journal Land of the Pharoahs
January 30, 2004
From journal Egypt on a Budget
Diamond Bar, California
September 28, 2002
From journal Cairo--More than the Pyramids
July 25, 2002
The crown jewels of this museum, so to speak, are the King Tutankhamun collections on the second floor. The King Tut exhibit became famous after its world museum tour years ago, and it became a part of pop culture with its connection to Steve Martin's song and comedy act. The museum dramatically displays a glittering collection of masks, sarcophagi, gold jewelry and assorted antiquities. These items are very well labeled for the tourist who may have time to see only one thing here. The museum also is proud of its collection of mummies, though you have to pay an extra fee to see them. Other highlights include the Amarna gallery and the Fayoum portraits.
I spent about a half-day exploring the very impressive exhibitions. My two friends are steeped in Egyptian history, so it was like walking around with two expert tour guides. They helped fill in the informational gap due to the mediocre text displays. The crowds here can be considerable, as you can well imagine. There is an interesting souvenir shop and cafeteria located on the main floor.
From journal Bill in Egypt - CAIRO
June 29, 2002
From journal Deserted Egypt
May 19, 2002
A babel of voices.
Guides forcing their voices into a higher pitch so that all in the group can hear. But do they want to hear? The eager ones stand in front position and ask ‘intelligent’ questions. Those at the back look utterly bored.
I usually don’t like museums because the curator has decided what to exhibit so in other words he decides for me what I should see and what I should admire.
But The Egyptian museum is a gem. The interior hasn’t changed since the day they put the exhibits on display. There are clumsily typewritten labels telling you what is on display. We did not hire a guide as they often recite dull facts. You can join a group for some time to get some snippets.
We came for Tut. It is not difficult to find the right section: follow the din. Even though I had seen innumerable pictures, Tutankhamun’s life size gold mask, the real thing was even more beautiful than I had thought.
In surrounding glass cases there is a collection of wonderful jewellery, exquisite workmanship.
Tutankhamum was not a very famous pharao, he ruled only for 9 years during 14th BC. The incredible contents of his tomb made me wonder what wealth had been looted from the tombs of the greater pharaos.
The English archaeologist Howard Carter discovered Tut’s tomb in 1922. It was below the ransacked tomb of Ramses VI. Looters and archaeologists were happy with what they had found and didn’t dig deeper.
Tut’s mummified body was found in three mummiform coffins in a stone sarcophagus, together with lots of funeral treasures. All this can be seen on the 1st floor in the Tutankhamun Gallery.
Entrance fee is 20 Egyptian pounds (5 euros). A photo permits sets you back another 10 Egyptian pounds. Tripod or flash is not allowed. Most object on display are well lit so it is not too difficult without a flash. Only the centre piece: Tut’s gold mask is dimly lit. I wonder if it is done on purpose.
Don’t think you can sneak in with your camera without a permit. On entering you will go through electronic gates. The alarm goes when you have a camera or any other metal on you. You will then have to show your camera ticket. If you haven’t got one you must hand in your camera..
If you want to see the mummy gallery you will have to pay another 40 Egyptian pounds. I did not do this because I think this is somehow taking advantage of tourists, just ask, they pay.
If you have never seen a mummy it might be a good idea to go to the mummy gallery, on the other hand if you plan to go to Saqqara , here there are also a few mummies. And anyway we can’t see the difference: a mummy is a mummy.
From journal Cairo: Love It or Hate It