The Cairo Museum
Written By; Gary Wonning
Getting to the museum can be a problem. When it comes to intense traffic, no city in the world can compete with Cairo. Sharing the streets are cars, buses, motorcycles, horses and camels, delays are common. One must realize that most of your time will be spent getting from your hotel to the museum. You should plan on spending a long day to lessen the number of trips required to see everything.
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There is much is to observe while traveling the crowded Cairo streets.
There is never a dull moment, be sure to bring your defensive driving skills with you. All the street signs are in Arabic, so unless one is adept in Arabic, it is best to leave the driving to someone else.
This was to be our second visit to the Cairo museum. It would be possible to spend weeks here and not see everything. On display in this building are some of the most amazing artifacts man has ever seen. Many are objects from ancient Egyptian history dating back as far as 5,000 years or more. If you are planning on visiting Egypt, plan on spending as least three days in this incredible museum.
I am not one who is fascinated with museums, even still, I was blown away by what I saw here. Objects are on display from every dynasty and era of Egyptian history. I doubt there is a museum anywhere that has more artifacts than this one. One of the largest displays is King Tut, the boy emperor. Even with all the things displayed from his rule, only about one-fourth are available for viewing. Most of his artifacts are stored in the basement, there just isn’t room for everything. It is hard to imagine how that much wealth could be accumulated in such a short period of time.
There are many artifacts from the 5th dynasty on display. This dynasty dates back to the time of Zohar, builder of the step pyramid and Unas. The 5th dynasty is one of the most prominent and influential in Egyptian history. These pyramids built at Saqqara, are some of the oldest and in the case of Unas, the most beautiful. It is decorated inside with predominately blue walls and ceilings .
Ramses II and his queens are well represented in the museum. As are the many temples and palaces constructed during Ramses’s nearly 70-year reign.
Because of lax Egyptian policies, photographs can be taken in most areas of the museum. The one requirement that is often invoked, no flash is allowed. With today’s modern digital cameras, that isn’t a problem.
There are thousands of artifacts in the basement of the museum that haven’t been categorized yet.
Many, many items from the ancient culture of Egypt are on display. Much of it from the dynasty of the boy king, King Tut.
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