Egyptian Antiquities Museum
The Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Downtown Cairo is a must see for anyone visiting Egypt’s capital city. It houses a collection of artifacts that can be described as incredible and overwhelming. As soon as one enters the main hall, one is surrounded by colossal statues of fallen kings and queens. The sheer size of what lies ahead makes for a walk of anticipation to the discovery of what lies ahead.
The most sought after piece on view is the golden mask of King Tutankhamen. It is definitely a world class room with the young king’s possessions that are on display. It ranges from toys, jewelry, shoes, clothes and of course his sarcophagus.
Unless one is schooled in the history of Ancient Egypt, one would need the service of a tour guide. The museum is simply too big to take on without an expert to explain the magnificent pieces on display. Only a few unique pieces are on display considering that up to a million pieces are being stored for the opening of the Grand Egyptian museum within a few years.
As one strolls through the building, it is clear how relentlessly the Egyptians pursued engineering, mathematics, medicine, science, architecture and art. It is an eye opener to the incredible civilization which was the first of its kind on planet earth. The layout of this building is perhaps not the best of its kind, which gave reason to the planning and development of a grander museum. All pieces on display are well marked with information plates in both English and Arabic.
A part of this glorious historical inheritance is the mummification room. An additional entry fee is charged for this extraordinary display of what is still a secret until this very day. The mummification process is explained in detail, but most of all, one stands in union with mummies, real mummies. For those who aren’t willing to pay the additional fee, the animal mummy room is included in the entrance fee and it is just as remarkable to see how the favorite pets of the pharaohs were reserved after their deaths.
As for the exterior of this enormous building, it is simply an architectural beauty. There are a number of ancient statues that decorate the well-kept gardens while the hustle and bustle of the city passes by.
Once the tour of the museum is done, one exits at a restaurant. The food is reasonably priced and delicious.