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The Egyptian Museum: Where ancient Egypt resides

Posted on December 7, 2010 | Art MuseumsNo Comment

If you are a great fan of ancient Egypt, then your visit to the Egyptian Museum nestled on the Tahrir Square of Cairo is a must. This is where you will come across the most extensive treasures of the ancient Egypt including all types of art as well as artifacts. Commonly known as the Cairo Museum and the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, the Egyptian Museum is the home of more than 1,00,000 objects out of which, only the usual ones are kept for display, whereas the remaining ones are placed in the storerooms. Among all the artifacts such as the pharaoh’s gems and mummies, the museum’s main attraction now a days is the mummy of Tutankhamun that is preserved here with his 1700 gems along with the golden mask.

The Egyptian Museum is composed of two floors that encompass a total of 107 halls. On the ground floor, you will come across a vast display of papyrus as well as coins all of which date back to the ancient times. These countless small fragments of papyrus were actually big in size, but all credit goes to their rotting over the time of two millennia. When you look at these fragments, also look for the inscribed text in several languages such as Arabic, Latin, Greek, and the hieroglyphs writing language. Coming to the coins, they are made up of various metals such as silver, gold, and bronze. Not all of them are Egyptian; some are Greek, while a few are Roman as well as Islamic. Spotting this difference is important as it is the proof that reveals about the trade of Egypt with these cults on the planet in those days. Apart from these coins and papyrus fragments, you can also spot the New Kingdom’s artifacts that date back to somewhat around 1550 B.C, which include coffins, big statues, and tables.

Talking about the first floor, this is the venue of the artifacts that are from the final two dynasties who ruled over the ancient Egypt. Check out for the items that were discovered from the tombs of the Pharaohs namely, Amenophis II, Thutmosis III, Thutmosis IV, Maherpen, and Queen Hatshepsut. In this area of the Egyptian Museum, a majority of items are those which were discovered from the Valley of the Kings, the hilly section of Egypt where all the pharaohs were cremated in their burial chambers. It is only on this floor where you surely get a chance to gaze at the Tutankhamun treasures, ornaments, and mummies. For the last one, head towards the Royal Mummy Room where more than 25 imperial mummies reside, each one dedicated to a pharaoh of some dynasty. After remaining closed for some four years due to the order of the President, it today houses fewer mummies that are dedicated to the kings as well as queens of the New Kingdom. In number, only 9 mummies are on display of which the most recently found mummy of Queen Hatshepsut forms the center of attraction. Also, explore the next room where you can marvel at a few mummified birds as well as animals.

If you want to explore the Egyptian Museum section wise, you can do so by visiting each of the seven sections. The First Section is dedicated to the treasures of the most famous pharaoh who is known for its curse, Tutankhamun; while the second section holds the monuments that are from the Old Kingdom as well as pre-dynasty times. In the Third Section, there are monuments belonging to the intermediate as well as the Middle Kingdom eras. The Forth Section is totally the home of the Modern Kingdom’s artifacts, whereas the Fifth Section is devoted to the monuments of the Roman as well as Greek times. Coins and papyrus exhibition adorns the Sixth Section, while the Seventh Section houses the scrabs as well as sarcophagi of the pharaohs.

An entry to the Egyptian Museum is allowed daily from morning 9 to evening 4:30 with the admission fee of £e50. However, if you want to also visit the Mummy Room, then you need to pay an additional £e100.

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