The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is commonly known as Museum of Cairo as it is located at the city of Cairo of Egypt. The museum houses about 1, 60,000 antique items,which are mostly about old Egyptian culture and customs displaying almost 5000 years of Egypt’s ancient age. This museum is also known as National Museum of Egypt or Egypt National Museum.
Designed and constructed by Marcel Dourgnon in Neoclassical style the museum has total 107 halls. The galleries of this world famous are distributed in these halls displaying items of prehistoric ages to Roman era of Egypt placing special emphasis on pharaonic era. The Museum is divided in seven major divisions, and these 7 sections hold different segments of items.
- The 1stsection of the museum holds famous treasures available from Tutankhamon’spyramid.
- The 2nd section of the museum holds the monuments of pre-dynasty era.
- The 3rd section holds the monuments from first intermediate period and the middleages.
- The 4th section up keeps the monuments from the era of the Modern Kingdom.
- The 5th section holds the monuments of the late period and the Greek and Roman periods.
- The 6th section holds ancient coins and some specimens of original papyrus.
- The 7th section holds the mummy coffins called sarcophagi and some crabs.
Egypt National Museum displays all labels in Arabic and English. The museum remains open for all 7 days in a week and it operates between 9 am to 7 pm. During Ramdaan the museum remains open between 9am and 5 pm.