Whether you’re a museums lover or not we brought you 7 of the most stunning and famous museums that you don’t want to miss through your Cairo tour. Just be sure that it will definitely take your breath away!
1) Egyptian Museum
The most famous Antiquities museum in Egypt located in the heart of Cairo at Al-Tahrir Square. It houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. There are a variety of statues, tables, and coffins in addition to an extensive collection of papyrus and coins. The museum contains 42 rooms; two of them contain a number of mummies of kings and other royal family members of Ancient Egypt.
2) The Coptic Museum
The Coptic Museum is located in The Religious Complex area in Old Cairo where there are many old churches (like The Hanging Church of the Virgin Mary and The Church of St. Sergius), mosques and a Jewish temple. The museum contains 12 sections of artifacts with a total 16,000 handiwork arranged chronologically from the Christian era which links the Pharaonic and Islamic periods.
3) Museum of Islamic Arts
The museum has two beautiful entrances and it is a two-storey building; the lower floor is where the exhibition halls and the upper floor contain the general stores. About 4,500 artifacts are displayed in 25 Halls but the museum houses more than 100,000 objects from all over the Islamic world. There are also 1,770 rare manuscripts including the oldest version of Qur’an.
4) Abdeen Palace Museum
This palace is the first beginning of the emergence of modern Cairo. Khedive Ismail ordered constructing it at the same time he ordered the planning of Cairo in the European style. The palace also contains The Royal Family Museum, The Presidential Gifts Museum, The Silver Museum, The Arms Museum, and the newly established Historical Documents Museum.
5) Memphis Museum
About 40 mins away from Cairo is the museum of Memphis (Miit Rahina), one of the most fascinating places you’ll see in your tour. That open-air museum has many monuments varying in size and shape between small pieces and very large pieces. There is the large statue of King Ramses II standing at the entrance to the museum, a second statue of the same king of large size lying on the ground, and a small Sphinx of small size made of Alvester.
6) Prince Mohammed Ali Palace Museum in Manial
The Palace is a public art and history museum with historical gardens and forested nature park. It is very unique in its architectural design. It was built in a modern Islamic style adapted from the Iranian, Syrian, Moroccan and Andalusian decorations. The palace is a combination of Persian and Ottoman culture. So you can consider it as an art school for the various elements of Islamic art.
7) Bayt Al-Suhaymi
Bayt Al-Suhaymi (House of Suhaymi) is an old Ottoman-era house that was built in 1648. The house is an example of traditional Arab houses. The entrance leads to the “Sahn” where the plants and trees were planted. The house consists of two floors; The ground floor (Salamak) was for men and the upper floor (Haramlik) was for women. Throughout the year, the house hosts fantastic folk dances, musical arts, and folklore.