Egyptian Antiquities Museum
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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The best way to follow up your trip to the pyramids is visiting the Egyptian Antiquities Museum. This massive facility contains more than 120,000 artifacts from ancient Egypt, including sarcophagi, jewelry, and pottery. It would take almost a year to explore the museum in its entirety. To save you some time, we recommend sticking to a few notable galleries. The main attraction here is Tutankhamun exhibit, which features treasures from King Tut's tomb, including his golden funeral mask. And although it costs 100 EGP (around $16 USD) extra to enter, the Mummy Room should be high on your list of museum must-sees.
However, one TripAdvisor user writes, "The collection is stupendous, but could use some serious labeling and more explanations. But it's a fun place to wander, and apparently is endless. We made two trips." If you're thirsty for knowledge, you can hire one of the unofficial guides that linger around the museum's entrance; expect to pay between 50 and 80 EGP (roughly $8 to $13 USD) depending on your bargaining skills.
Located in central Cairo, just a short walk from the Sadat Metro station, the Egyptian Antiquities Museum is open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., although the doors will close earlier during Ramadan. General admission is 60 EGP (roughly $10 USD). To learn more, visit the Egypt Tourism Authority's website.