The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, more often called the Cairo Museum, is world famous for its extensive collection of treasured Egyptian artefacts including many from the tomb of King Tutankhamen which was discovered virtually intact.
The museum is located in an imposing building in Mariette Pasha Street on the north side of Midan el-Tahir in Cairo, and houses over 120,000 artefacts. These date over a period from pre-historic Egypt through to the end of the Roman era, and are exhibited in a chronological order over both floors of the museum. The ground floor contains 42 rooms and a large atrium, whilst the first floor contains 47 rooms. Within the atrium are displayed the largest exhibits including huge statues of Rameses II, Amenhotep III and his wife. The most popular exhibits are contained in the Tutankhamun Gallery which displays 3,000 artefacts that were found in his tomb that was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. The artefacts include the fabulous gold funerary mask and the coffin of the boy-King Tutankhamun, so called as he died at the age of 19 years. The gallery maintains a secure and a controlled environment for these unique treasures which are the highlight of any trip to Egypt.
Please note that photography is no longer allowed within the museum, and cameras must be left at the entrance. All bags are x-rayed upon entry.