The Egyptian Museum Of Antiquities is standing in the heart of Cairo city ( Tahrir Square ), it is considered one of the oldest and most famous museums in the world and Must-see places and things to do in Cairo included within all Egypt Day Tours. It has a long history that dates back to the year 1825 when Mohamed Ali Pasha, the ruler of Egypt at the time, issued a decree to establish a museum for the precious antiquities of Egypt. The first location of the museum was in front of Azabakeya Lake, between the squares of Egyptian Museum Opera and Atabba today.
The Museum Of Egyptian Antiquities consists of two floors, the ground floor hosts the bigger displays such as coffins, stone carvings and huge statues.
The displays of the ground floor were arranged according to their historical periods which are the Old Kingdom, the Intermediate Period, the New Kingdom, the Late Period, the Greco Roman Period, and the antiquities of the Nubia.
The upper floor of the Museum Of Egyptian Antiquities houses the smaller displays that include gadgets and tools, funerary objects, smaller statues, papyrus papers, wooden coffins, jewelry, and most importantly, the displays of the golden king Tut Ankh Amun.
Among the most interesting masterpieces in the Old Kingdom section is a beautiful statue of King Khafre made out of alabaster. Also statue of the “Sheikh El Balad”, one of the most important figures that date back to the ancient Egyptian and which is still practiced until today. Not to miss the Triad of Menkawre with Goddess Hathor and Nome.
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The Statue of Montuhotep II, who ruled between 2055-2004 BC. is among the most impressive Middle Kingdom displays, and on the second floor are models of Egyptian armies with the darker skinned figures representing soldiers of Nubian decent. King Akhenaten displays are what to not miss in the New Kingdom antiquities and the giant statue of Ramses II depicted as a boy, The Royal Tombs of Tanis and the death mask of Psusennes I.
In the Mummies Room, Some of Egypt’s greatest pharaohs are on display in room 56 from Seti I and Ramses II to the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. The preservation is rather spooky, as many retain their wispy gray hair and detailed features, seeming to be resting into eternity.
the most well known Pharaoh is King Tutankhamun, despite reigning for a very short period of time and having little significance. His claim to fame came after Howard Carter’s discovery of his nearly 100% intact tomb, full of treasures, in 1922. His room contains King Tut’s most prized treasures, the iconic King Tut funerary mask along with other golden outer sarcophagi and jewelry that accompanied the king in the tomb. You cannot take photos in the room. The mummy itself is not here as it remains on display in his tomb.
There are also Animal Mummy Rooms and Greco-Roman Mummy Portraits and a very big number of jewelry and daily life objects.