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The Egyptian Museum in Cairo

Hieroglyphs and Tutankhamun, you'll learn it all

3/5 stars because:
A lot of content to learn everything about Ancient Egypt
Tutankhamuns death mask is very impressive and a must see when in Egypt
Not expensive at all
Very chaotic
Bad facilities. Bad air-conditioning and kind of dirty. Hopefully this will be better at the new location!
3/5

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is one of the largest and most important museums of ancient Egyptian art and artifacts in the world.

The museum was founded in 1835 by the Egyptian government. Since then it has grown to hold over 120,000 items, including the famous treasures of King Tutankhamun, such as his golden death mask and sarcophagus. Other notable exhibits include the mummies of pharaohs such as Ramses II and Seti I. You will find ancient Egyptian artifacts such as sculptures, jewelry, and everyday objects in the museum as well.

The museum has undergone several renovations and expansions over the years, with the most recent major renovation taking place from 2006 to 2010. Despite its age, the museum remains a popular tourist attraction and an important cultural institution, providing visitors with a glimpse into the rich history and culture of ancient Egypt.

Egyptian Museum. Cairo, Egypt

A bit of history of the Ancient King

When you are in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and Egypt in general, there is one king that you undoubtedly hear about. King Tutankhamun, also known as King Tut, was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who ruled from approximately 1332 BCE to 1323 BCE. He ascended to the throne at the age of nine. Then ruled for only ten years before his sudden death at the age of 19.

Tutankhamun’s reign was relatively unremarkable. This is because his short reign was largely overshadowed by the rule of his predecessor, Akhenaten, who had introduced a new monotheistic religion centered around the sun god, Aten. Tutankhamun is believed to have been a child when he took the throne and was likely influenced heavily by his advisors, particularly his vizier Ay.

Despite his relatively uneventful reign, Tutankhamun’s tomb was filled with treasures and artifacts. As said, this included his famous golden death mask (see image), which has become an iconic symbol of ancient Egypt. The discovery of his tomb tremendously helped to shed light on the religious beliefs, burial practices, and material culture of ancient Egypt during the New Kingdom period.

What to visit in the Museum?
  1. Treasures of King Tutankhamun: The museum has an impressive collection of artifacts from the tomb of King Tutankhamun, including his famous golden death mask, his solid gold coffin, and numerous other treasures.
  2. Royal Mummies: The museum also houses a collection of royal mummies, including those of pharaohs such as Ramses II, Seti I, and Hatshepsut.
  3. Old Kingdom Gallery: This gallery features artifacts from the Old Kingdom period (2686-2181 BCE), including sculptures, statues, and objects from the pyramids.
  4. Akhenaten Gallery: This gallery features artifacts from the reign of Akhenaten, including sculptures and objects related to his religious reforms.
  5. Middle Kingdom Gallery: This gallery showcases artifacts from the Middle Kingdom period (2055-1650 BCE). This includes sculptures, pottery, and jewelry.
  6. Amarna Gallery: This gallery features artifacts from the reign of Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti, including sculptures and objects related to their artistic style and religious beliefs.
  7. Animal Mummies Gallery: This gallery features a collection of mummified animals, including cats, dogs, and even crocodiles.
  8. Royal Jewelry Gallery: This gallery showcases ancient Egyptian jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, and earrings worn by royalty.

Their website

Check out the official website of the museum through this link.

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