The Egyptian Museum in Cairo houses the most extensive collection of ancient Pharaonic antiquities in the world. Most famous of all is the tomb of King Tutankhamen. His six gold-gilded coffins dominate the main hall. The highlight is the famous death mask composed of 11kg of solid gold. Other highlights include the Mummies Room, which we include as standard. There are a series of Mummies on display, the most famous of which is that of Ramses II, the builder of the temples at Abu Simbel. You might also like to pop into the Papyrus Institute, to see how the artwork is made.
There are over 165,000 Egyptian artefacts contained in the Museum. On the ground floor, you will find an extensive collection of papyrus and coins. You also find collection from the New Kingdom (1550 to 1069 BC). On the first floor, you find the artefacts from the Valley of the Kings. These include items from the tombs of Pharaohs Thutmosis III, Thutmosis IV, Amenophis II, Hatshepsut, and the courtier Maiherpri. Also of note are the collections from the tomb of Psusennes I.
The museum is due to be moved to a new site in 2021.