Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Tour Through the Cairo Egyptian Museum

It really is one of the "greatest historical treasures of the world." The Cairo Egyptian museum, or Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, is home to hundreds of thousands of artifacts excavated from the ancient sites around Cairo and throughout Egypt.
Cairo Egyptian Museum
Egyptian Museum Facade
Tourists flock to the funeral mask of King Tut and the vast collection of human mummies, two of which were, sadly, destroyed in 2011's Arab Spring.

Tut Funeral Mask
Human Mummies
I, on the other hand, was more interested in the papyrus and coin rooms, the incredible Fayoum portraits and the tribute to mummified animals.

Pictures are not allowed, and I had to check my camera at the door (along with my bag,) but I still had my iPhone. Below are the blurred shots I captured while looking out for security, along with some better pics of each pulled from Google Images.
Fayoum Portraits Via iPhone

Fayoum Portraits Cairo Egyptian Museum

Mummified Croc Via iPhone

Mummified Crocs Cairo Egyptian Museum

The museum is poorly annotated and most of the signage is in Arabic, so it might be helpful to buy a guidebook before heading through. It's also not air-conditioned, and in the summer you'll find yourself surrounded by about ten thousand sweaty tourists. When you arrive, head to the gift shop on your left and pick up a guidebook. Then you go through metal detectors that beep every time someone passes through them, but the guards just wave everyone through anyway.

In The Vesuvius Isotope, protagonist Katrina Stone is forced to make a mad dash through the museum without ever getting to see the massive Greco-Roman area that she had set out for. She does, however, get to spend some quality time in the bathroom.

Protagonist Katrina Stone races through the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities on her quest to solve Cleopatra's last riddle in The Vesuvius Isotope, a novel by Kristen Elise. Purchase The Vesuvius Isotope here.


  1. Thanks for this -- love those fayuoum portraits!