Thinking of visiting Cairo’s blank museum? Think again

Photo: Cairo Museum entrance courtesy Ijanderson977 – wikimedia.org

Being within walking distance of Cairo’s museum, we trudged by beeping traffic under a blazing sun. Before the doors swung open, we arrived early thinking we’d beat the crowds to discover others with the same idea.

We did manage to scurry to the Tutankhamun exhibit before too many others surrounded the glittering treasures. This small section was well worth a view but I understand has since been moved to a new site near the pyramids.

Inside Cairo Museum - Photo courtesy: San Diego Air & Space museum - wikimedia.org
Inside Cairo’s Museum – Photo courtesy: San Diego Air & Space museum – wikimedia.org

As for the rest of the museum, it left a lot to be desired. Although full of priceless examples of Egyptian art and history, nothing was labelled. I’d never experienced a museum without some explanation accompanying every relic until Cairo. Perhaps the reasoning was you’d hire a guide. There were plenty of those about.

On a stiflingly hot summer day, in a blank airless museum with no air conditioning, not even a fan, I wasn’t impressed.

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