What to See at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

Cairo, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt. Photo by Omar Elsharawy on Unsplash

Egypt is an amazing country with thousands of years of history and the famous pyramids which are one of the seven wonders of the world. Cairo houses the oldest archaeological museum in the middle east, the Egyptian museum. Standing since 1902, this museum holds wonders of archaeology, art, and architecture dating back to the Predynastic period and up to the Greco-Roman era. There’s tons to see there, so here are some of the highlights.

Masks of Yuya and Thuya

These beautifully detailed gold-encrusted masks were found placed upon the mummies of Yuya and Thuya, the parents-in-law of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. These date back to the 18th dynasty in the 1300s BC, around 3300 years ago.

The Mummy Room

At the museum, you can pay a small extra fee to enter the room where many famous mummies including Rameses and King Tut lie in glass cases. They have all been removed from their sarcophagi, so yes, you will be looking directly at dead bodies. While this room isn’t for the squeamish, it will be deeply interesting to archaeology and embalming hobbyists alike.

Colossal Statues

The museum has many sculptures from across the ancient timeline, including the largest known sculpture of a family from ancient Egypt. This monument depicts Amenhotep III and his family.