Arriving on the one day each week a recommended restaurant is closed or on the day that an employees’ strike or a national holiday has closed a local attraction can be a major disappointment when you’ve got your sights set on that particular experience.
|Egyptian Museum, Cairo|
Whatever the case, this shutterbug was one happy gal! Without further adeiu let us take you through the Museum, housed in the same stately pink building since its opening in 1902 at the north side of Cairo’s Tahrir Square:
|Interior looking towards Entry Door - Egyptian Museum - Cairo|
The Museum itself is somewhat a relic. Some items are still displayed in the vitrines they were placed in when the Museum opened. Some have type-written (as in typewriter) information cards.
Some of the display halls were so dimly-lit they felt spooky; so dark you couldn’t see the displays or read information. It would have made a great setting for an Agatha Christie novel.
There are certainly splashier and more-modern Museum’s in the world, but the somewhat musty charm of this place only added to the feel of ‘antiquities’ and it seemed a perfect home for the some 100,000 objects housed in its 15,000 square meters of space.
Around 3100 BCE the kingdoms of Upper Egypt in the south and Lower Egypt in the North merged into a single state
The Old Kingdom 2649 –2134 BCE
The Middle Kingdom 2040 – 1640 BCE
The New Kingdom 1550 – 1070 BCE
|The grandeur, the size was stunning - Egyptian Museum, Cairo|
|This necklace's detail was stunning - Egyptian Museum - Cairo|
|Sphinxes - Egyptian Museum - Cairo|
|Sanab - Egyptian Museum - Cairo|
Another who doesn’t get a lot of acclaim – at least not like King Tut – was the one identified as:
|"House of the Toilet" Egyptian Museum - Cairo|
Moving on. . .to the New Kingdom. . .
|Royal Bed - Egyptian Museum Cairo|
|Chariot - the real deal Egyptian Museum - Cairo|
|Oh the gold jewelry. . .Egyptian Museum - Cairo|
|Death Mask - King Tut Egyptian Museum Cairo|
|Casket and body armor King Tut - Egyptian Museum - Cairo|
Several of you have asked if we visited the new state-of-the art museum for which construction began in 2002. There is no ‘new’ museum yet. It was begun during the time the former-now-disposed President Hosini Mubarak led the country. The Grand Egyptian Museum was to be on the Giza Plateau, about two kilometers from the Pyramids and Sphinx. Since the 2011 Arab Spring revolution ousted Mubarak the fate of that project so closely tied to the former president has been uncertain.
|New paint job just completed in this hallway - Egyptian Museum - Cairo|
As Lonely Planet guidebook advises, “In the meantime, enjoy the fresh paint job here in the Downtown Egyptian Museum – that’s likely the only real improvement in antiquities exhibits that tourists will see for awhile.”
Thanks again for taking a walk through history with us today. We know your time is valuable and appreciate that you spend a part of it with us. Happy and safe travels to you and yours ~
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