NileGuide Expert Says:
To make the most of this amazing museum, you should spread your visit over a few days. Ideally, come both before and after the main part of your trip.
11728 Giza, Egypt
tel: +20 2 579 6974
fax: +20 2 579 4596
NileGuide Expert tip:
Most tour groups visit in the afternoon – so come in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Also known as the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, the Egyptian Museum arguably has the most masterpieces per square inch of any museum in the world! Over 120,000 objects are on display, with many more in storage.
The Egyptian Museum covers over 3000 years of pharaonic history, from pre-dynastic Egypt to the Ptolemies. It's huge, and can be confusing, so consider hiring one of the knowledgeable guides from the museum. However you organise the visit, look out for the diorite stature of Khafra (Chephren) on the ground floor, as well as the only known statue of Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid
. Ironically, the statue is tiny! Also make sure not to miss the strange Amarna art of the 'heretical' pharaoh Akhenaten.
Upstairs are the Tutankhamun exhibits – prepare to be blown away by the sheer opulence of the funerary offerings, including, of course, the golden death mask! Although it costs extra, the mummy room is well worth a look – spooky and awe-inspiring at the same time. Finally, check out the animal mummies – there's fish, crocodiles and even a cheeky little monkey.
The Egyptian Museum is in Downtown
Cairo, just off Tahrir Square and behind the Nile Hotel. If you don't fancy a taxi, you can easily get here by Metro – get off at Sadat Station and follow the signs.