The famous Egyptian Museum houses the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the world ( more than 120,000 priceless Egyptian antiquities). It is located in downtown Cairo on the north side of Tahrir square. Inside this great dome, you can find the mesmerizing treasures of Tutankhamun, mummies, jewelry of great pharaohs, and items belong to those ancient Egyptians.
The Egyptian Museum
The History of the Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian museum is opened for the public from the 15th from November 1902 to witness the amazing culture and heritage of the ancient Egyptians. This magnificent building of the Egyptian museum was founded in Bulaq in 1858 but it suffered from the flood of the Nile in 1878, moved to Giza in 1891 and stayed there until 1902, and then moved to its current location in Tahrir Square. It represents everything about the great history of the ancient Egyptian civilization, especially the pharaonic and the Greco-Roman periods. It includes more than 100,000 unique pieces, and among them there are 1,700 items from the tomb of Tutankhamun, the grave mask of king Amenemope “From The 21ST Dynasty“, the mummy mask of Psusennes I, the colossal statue of Amenhotep III and Tiya, figurine of Khufu, a statue of Khafre, Narmer palette, Merneptah Stele, a statue of Menkaure, and the gold mask of Tutankhamun.
The Target of Building the Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum tries to represent the magnificent Egyptian heritage to all people around the world as it helps them connect the past with the present in one place. Most items in the Egyptian Museum are more than five thousand years old.
Facts About the Egyptian Museum
- It is actually called the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.
- It consists of the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities.
- This astonishing building was built by the French architect, who is called Marcel Dourgnon.
- There is a hall in the Museum that hosts eleven royal kings and queens.
- More than 1.5 million tourists visit the museum every year.
- Every month a new artifact is featured for tourists to see.
The Interior Design of the Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum has two floors, the ground floor has 42 rooms, whereas the first floor has 47 rooms. The ground floor consists of a collection of papyrus and coins used in ancient times. There are also some artifacts from the new kingdom of Egypt. The 1st floor includes two massive statues of Ramses II and Amenhotep III with his wife Tiya, who are from the final two dynasties in Egypt in addition to some items from the tombs of the Pharaohs Thutmosis III, Thutmosis IV, Amenophis II, and Queen Hatshepsut. There are also some artifacts from the Valley of The Kings.
The Treasures of King Tutankhamun Inside the Egyptian Museum
King Tutankhamun was one of the kings of the 18th Dynasty. He ruled the New Kingdom of Egypt from 1334 until 1325 B.C.There are invaluable items inside the Egyptian Museum that belonged to the great king Tutankhamun. Those artifacts were discovered between 1922 and 1927 and we can sum those items to a surviving throne chair that dates back to ancient Egypt.
Inside the tomb was a chariot that is pulled by horses, and some weapons including swords, daggers, arches, and bayonets. There are three golden coffins of King Tut Ank Amun, two of them displayed inside the Egyptian Museum and one of then wights more than 110 kg. The other coffin displayed in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. There is also the golden mask of this great king that weighs 11 kg, that considers being the most famous item in the Egyptian Museum which is decorated with precious stones. About 32 statues of Tutankhamun were discovered by the archeologists in addition to the afterlife gods. More than 143 golden items were also discovered, ornamented with priceless stones.
The Treasures and Jewels of King Ramses II Inside the Egyptian Museum
One might expect that as long as Ramses II was from the final dynasty of Egypt then his tomb must have a lot of treasures and priceless items but no. His sarcophagus was simply a coffin made of wood and, when archeologists opened his tomb in the 19th century, they found it empty with no treasures. So we must ask a very important question here… Was the tomb of Ramses II stolen?
The Egyptian Museum is a treasure for the Egyptian civilization as it shows the amazing architecture mixed with the historical culture through its artifacts, treasures, monuments, and palettes and reveals a lot of secrets about the ancient life of the Egyptians.
Explore the Lively Ancient Monuments All-Around Egypt with “Trips in Egypt”
Put your foot into the ancient land of the Pharoahs and witness a world of temples, mummies, felucca sailboats and fascinating bazaars through our tour packages to Egypt. Step aboard your majestic Nile cruise and cast your eyes on the most amazing scenery of the Nile to see age-old panoramas unfolding under the palms. Don’t miss the chance and discover what Egypt has to offer with “Trips in Egypt“:
Great vacation for 4 days in Cairo Egypt accompanied by an e...
4 Days / 3 Nights
An Incredible 5 days Cairo & Alexandria tour package to expl...
5 Days / 4 Nights
Explore Egypt's ancient wonders on a 6 days vacation to Cair...
6 Days / 5 Nights
What Should I Wear While Being in Egypt?
You should wear whatever you want. It is advised to wear something light from cotton or linen, comfortable and put on sunblock during your time in Egypt in the summer and wear comfortable footwear like a closed-toe shoe to sustain the sandy terrain.
What to Pack for Your Egypt Tour?
You should bring a brimmed hat and sunglasses if you not used to the Egyptian sun &pack everything you could ever need and put in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.
Are All Nile Cruises Available at Any Time?
Yes, it is available all years. as the Nile from Aswan to Luxor takes three to four days of sailing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the total cost of 600$ and the Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan take four to five days in Saturday, Monday and Thursday for the coast of 650$.
Why book Trips in Egypt?
We have experience in vacation planning for more than 10 years & our staff consists of the most professional operators, guides and drivers who dedicate all of their time & effort create the perfect vacation. All of our tours are customized by Travel, Financial & Time advisors to fit your every possible need during your time in egypt. we always keep in mind that your safety & comfort are our main priority until you return home.
Is it safe to travel to Egypt?
Yes, it is absolutely safe to travel to egypt, You will feel secure in Egypt as the current atmosphere of the country is very peaceful after the government took powerful measures like restructuring the entire tourist police to include all the important and tourist attractions in Egypt and construct an entire environment dedicated for ensuring the lives of all tourists.
What are Egypt's Visa Requirements?
They are very simples, If you want to apply for a Visa On Arrival that lasts for 30 days then you should be one of the eligible countries(check the link), have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and pay 25$ USD entry fee in cash. As for the E-Visa for 30 days, you should have a valid passport for at least 8 months, complete the online application, pay the e-visa fee then print the e-visa to later be presented to the airport border guard. You could be one of the countries eligible for a free visa for 90 days.
What is the Weather is Like?
The temperature of Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c, Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 ¡ÆC in the wintertime to 23 ¡ÆC in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 ¡ÆC in the wintertime to 32 ¡ÆC in the summertime while the temperature is moderate all along the coasts.
What is the Best Time of Visit Egypt?
It is known the best time to travel to Egypt is in the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical, a warm atmosphere with a winter breeze. You will also be notified a week before your trip if the weather is unsafe or if any changes have been made.
Should I Give Tips in Egypt?
It is totally up to you, but if you choose to you can tip the servers at your restaurant 5-10% by handing it to them directly and 5 Egyptian Pounds as a general tip of anyone.
Can I Enter the Pyramids?
Yes, you can enter the pyramids for the small fee of 20$.
How to Enjoy Egypt During Ramadan?
Ramadan is a special time of year for Muslims that should be celebrated by non-Muslims and feel the essence of the Islamic culture. You can fast with the Muslim or just observe but you are always welcome to join the celebrations and festivals.