Egyptian Museum#5 in Best Things To Do in Cairo
The best way to follow up your trip to the pyramids is by visiting the Egyptian Museum. This massive facility contains more than 100,000 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 the Tutankhamun exhibit, which features treasures from King Tut's tomb, including his golden funeral mask. And although it costs an additional 100 Egyptian pounds (or $11) to enter, the Mummy Room should be high on your list of museum must-sees.
Though the Egyptian Museum's fees are a bit steep, recent visitors said the impressive collections more than justify the property's prices. If you want to take photos inside, bring extra cash since travelers with cameras are charged an additional 50 Egyptian pounds ($6). Also, this museum does not have air conditioning, so plan to visit early in the morning.
The Egyptian Museum is located in central Cairo within walking distance of the Sadat metro station. You can also get to the property by taxi, tour bus or car – a parking garage is located adjacent to the museum. Bus tour operators that visit the museum include Love Egypt Tours and Emo Tours Egypt. The attraction is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and general admission tickets cost 75 Egyptian pounds ($8) per person. All tickets include access to most of the Egyptian Museum's exhibits, plus restrooms, a gift shop and a cafe. You'll also find several vendors selling souvenirs outside the museum.
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#1 Islamic Cairo
This sprawling neighborhood in eastern Cairo encompasses a labyrinth of twisting alleyways and a spattering of awe-inspiring architecture. The atmosphere here will take some getting used to: The streets are crowded, noisy and littered with animal droppings. But if you take the time to adjust to Islamic Cairo's chaotic environment, you won't regret making the trek.
You'll find a number of top attractions here, including Khan El-Khalili's bazaar and the Salah El-Din Citadel. According to past visitors, no matter where you wander in the area, you'll stumble upon archeological treasures and architectural gems. To see Islamic Cairo's sights, get out and walk or tag along on an organized bus tour. Bus tours – like those offered by Memphis Tours and Egypt Tailor Made Tours – include local guides, so if you want to learn more about the neighborhood's history, this is the best way to get around.
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