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Cairo Museum in Egypt

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The Cairo Museum is one of the chief tourist attractions of the city and showcases around 120,000 artifacts. A must-visit destination during the trip to Cairo, the museum draws several tourists…


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The Egyptian Museum
Visors at The Egyptian Museum, Cairo in Egypt.
King Tut Mask
King Tut Mask
Cairo Museum
Cairo Museum

The Cairo Museum is one of the chief tourist attractions of the city and showcases around 120,000 artifacts. A must-visit destination during the trip to Cairo, the museum draws several tourists who flock to this place to get a glimpse of the jewelry that it displays. Most of these priceless jewels and artifacts belonged to the Emperor Tutankhamen, however, there are many others belonging to other pharaohs. They symbolize the ethos and lifestyles of ancient Egyptian monarchs.

The Museum enthralls its visitors with its invaluable collection of sepia-colored papyri, many of which are torn due to the passage of time and their exposure to the elements before they were gingerly collected and carefully stored in the repository. The hieroglyphics on these torn pieces of priceless papers have challenged the graphologists, historians and language decipherers of the world who have put in their utmost efforts to comprehend the writings that were inscribed on them some three thousand years ago. Many of these parchments depict Greek, Latin and Islamic scripts clearly showcasing the indelible influence of the Europeans and Arabs on the social milieus of Egypt.

The Cairo Museum flaunts its collection of rare and old coins that were used by the Egyptians, the Romans and the Greeks of the ancient and medieval epochs. The area around the several sarcophagi of the Cairo Museum sports a somber atmosphere that harks back to a bygone age when pharaohs were embalmed with immense care.

Also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, the place is a microcosm of the culture of the Egyptians from the eras before Christ to the periods ruled by the Greeks, Romans and the Caliphs.

Cairo Museum Location

Tahrir Square, Meret Basha, Qasr al-Nil, Cairo Governorate 11516, Egypt

 Map

Location Map of Egyptian Museum

Location Map of Cairo Museum

Cairo Museum Hours

The museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, except during Ramadan, when it closes by 5:00 pm.

Cairo Museum Entrance Fee

  • General admission fee is LE 4 for Egyptian nationals and LE 60 for foreign nationals. For local students, the general admission fee is LE 2 and LE 30 for foreign students.
  • Entrance fee for the Royal Mummies Room is LE 10 for Egyptian nationals and LE 100 for foreign nationals. For local students, the entrance fee is LE 5 and LE 50 for foreign students.
  • Entrance fee for the Centennial Gallery is LE 2 for Egyptian nationals and LE 10 for foreign nationals. For local students, the entrance fee is LE 1 and LE 5 for foreign students.
  • However, students will have to carry a valid student ID from an Egyptian university or an International Student ID card.

Facts

  • It houses an area dedicated exclusively for the preservation and depiction of the embalmment of the Egypt’s pharaohs.
  • This area is better known as the Royal Mummy Room because it comprises some 27 mummies.
  • The location of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo has been shifted several times to protect its relics from encountering repeated inundations of the Nile.

Best Time to Visit

Cairo remains dry and arid year round. However, winter (November to February) is the best time to visit Cairo.

Nearby Attractions

Places to Visit nearby are: Abdin Palace, Royal Automobile Club, Qasr al-Nil Bridge, Cairo Opera House,Giza,Abu Simbel, and Alexandria

Please Note: Photography is not allowed inside the museum

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Hurghada, Egypt

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Once just a lay-by for Arab fishers and now a burgeoning resort town, Hurghada is cuddled between the Sahara and the Red Sea. Plucked from limbo and pushed into limelight,…


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Hurghada, Egypt

Hurghada is an ideal resort destination in Egypt

Once just a lay-by for Arab fishers and now a burgeoning resort town, Hurghada is cuddled between the Sahara and the Red Sea. Plucked from limbo and pushed into limelight, it’s an aquatic wonderland for sail boarders, divers, sunbathers, and desert dwellers. With historical locales, traditional markets, renowned diving centers, and desert safaris, the town has emerged as an ideal destination for underwater adventures.

History

Until the 1920s it was just another fishing village on the Red Sea coast. It came into prominence towards the end of the century with endless opportunities for recreation.

Things to Do in Hurghada

Diving and Snorkeling – Marine life in the Red Sea, with lots of coral and colorful fish, is the biggest draw here for outdoorsmen. Scuba diving and snorkeling sites around Abu Ramada Island and Giftun Kebir are popular with travelers. Experienced divers can explore historical shipwrecks of El Mina and Rosalie Moller.

Outdoor Thrills – While Soma Bay offers the best possible conditions for kite surfing, para sailing, and water-skiing; the gentle slopes and moderate waves of Old Vic Beach and Elysees Dream Beach are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. You may be tempted to try quad-biking into the sandy terrains of the Sahara to learn exotic traditions of the Bedouin people and camel safaris across biblical plains to see distant ancient wonders.

Shopping – Dahar is the town’s largest bazaar, look for the shops that are spread inside the main town – Sekalla high street – and along the beaches. Senzo Mall, on the airport road, is about a 10 minute drive from town. Vendors tend to drive a hard bargain on products like carpets, jewelry, regional species, and leather goods.

Hurghada Grand Aquarium – This public aquarium is the region’s newest attraction. Get a close up glimpse of animals representing 1,200 species displayed in 24 different galleries. Opened in 2015, it houses notable sea creatures like stingrays, sharks, and sea turtles.

Day Trips – Sahl Hasheesh, Makadi Bay, Safaga, and El Gouna are the nearby newly-developed resorts with diving spots and private golf courses. Take boat tours to offshore islands like Sheduan Island, Gifton Island, and Abu Ramada Island.

Festivals – Coptic Christmas is celebrated during the first week in January. Hurghada International Festival, a 12-day event, is held annually in first week of February. It features three sports: triathlon, mare monti run, and a half marathon.

Nearby Attractions

Sahl Hasheesh, Makadi Bay, Mons Porphyrites, Marine Biology Museum, and Giftun Island National Park.

Location

Hurghada, a resort town, is located on the western coast of the Red Sea in Egypt.

Hurghada Location Map

How to Reach?

By Air – Hurghada International Airport (HRG), three miles southwest of downtown, is served by flights to and from Middle East and European countries.

By Road – Buses – operated by SuperJet bus company – take about seven hours from Cairo and about five hours from Luxor to reach Hurghada. Local transport has a mix of cabs and minivans.

Accommodations

For luxurious stays, choose from Hilton Hurghada Plaza, The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Sonesta Pharaoh Beach Resort, and Baron Palace Sahl Hasheesh. For mid-range accommodations, Sunny Days Palma De Mirette, Fort Arabesque, and Sunny Days El Palacio are good options. Furthermore, Hurghada Acorn provides self-catering accommodations to suit all budgets.

Restaurants

From traditional Egyptian Cuisine to contemporary Oriental cuisine, there are plenty of places to eat. While La Trattoria, La Casa, and Al Dente Restaurant are famous Italian eateries, Nubian Cafe & Restaurant and El Khan Restaurant serve variety of Egyptian recipes. To try exceptional seafood, try Moby Dick Restaurant, El Mina, Star Fish Restaurant, and El Halaka. Karkaday (Hibiscus Tea) is a traditionally brewed beverage that you must taste.

Best Time to Visit

With pleasant weather and warm waters, Hurghada is a year-round destination. November through March is the ideal time to indulge in water sports. In summers, Egyptians – from Cairo and Luxor – flock here to escape the heat.

Facts about Hurghada

  • It is the third largest Egyptian city – after Suez and Ismailia – on the Red Sea coast.
  • It is the capital of Red Sea Governorate.
  • It stretches for about 22 miles (36 km) along the coastline.

Things to Remember

  • Wear light clothing while visiting Egypt, and don’t forget to pack sunscreen, hat, and beachwear.
  • Keep in mind, there is no shame in haggling over prices while shopping.

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