Destination Guide: Egyptian Museum Cairo
The Egyptian Museum Cairo is one of the most famous museums in the whole world. To my surprise, visiting is much easier and relaxing than for example visiting the Louvre. In this little guide, we’ll explain what you need to know about visiting!
Tourism to Egypt took a lot of hits lately and particularly tourism in Cairo is not on a particularly high level. Nevertheless, the city is acutally quite interesting, something you can also read in our Cairo City Guide. When in town, visiting the Egyptian Museum is as much a must as visiting the Pyramids of Gizeh. Thus, I obviously took the chance to see the artifacts and mummies and can only recommend doing so!
Opening Times, Location & Tickets for the Egyptian Museum
Visiting the Egyptian Museum Cairo is surprisingly simple. The museum is open daily from 9am to 7pm with no lunch break besides Fridays, when the museum is closed from 11am to 1:30pm. The ticket prices are quite reasonable at 100 EGP for adults or 60 EGP for students.
Compared to other important museums, one might even speak of a bargain. Be aware that the museum is actually found under the name ‘The Royal Mummies Hall’ when searching on Google Maps. The museum is located in the city center right next to the Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel and just a few minutes walk away from the Sadat Metro station.
How is visiting the Egyptian Museum like?
When in Cairo, we decided to visit the Egyptian Museum on a weekday, so it’s less crowdy and it was indeed quite empty. There were maybe a few hundred people in the whole museum, making it very enjoyable to see the different artifacts.
You are allowed to walk around basically everywhere and you may take pictures of everything but the mummies (it’s not like people don’t do so anyways, but…). Anyways, there’s so much else to take pictures of that you won’t bother with this exception.
Leaving the mummies aside, there are various incredible important artifacts to be found in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Those include the Statue of Khafre, the Mummy mask of Wendjebauendjed and many more.
As I’m no expert of Egyptian History and Culture, I won’t go into detail here and leave you with better sources to reach about everything that can be found in the Egyptian Museum.
How much time should you schedule for visiting the Egyptian Museum Cairo?
On the museum’s website it says something about a duration of just one hour for visiting, which I think is way too few. Don’t get me wrong, I’m usually quite quick when it comes to museums, but there’s just a lot to see here.
Personally, I would say that you can easily see most of the exhibits leisurely in like two or three hours.
If you are very much into history and culture and want to take time to get some information about what you see, you can easily spend much more time here.
Overall impressions of visiting the Egyptian Museum
Let me be honest: I’m not much into museums, but visiting the Egyptian Museum was a really nice experience anyways. The museum isn’t overrun despite its significance and you can see a lot of very interesting artifacts, plus the fascinating mummies. Taking into account the central location in Cairo and the low entrance fee, I can only recommend visiting if you happen to be in Cairo!