Cairo has many museums and art galleries, the likes of which can keep visitors busy for days.
The Egyptian Museum – featuring more than 120,000 items from Egyptian antiquity – is one of Cairo’s top attractions. Highlights include the objects from the Tomb of Tutankhamen and the Royal Mummy Room. A perfect place to visit if you are fascinated by all things ancient.
The famous sculptor Mahmoud Mokhtar was one of the early pioneers of the Egyptian Art movement and is popularly known as the father of modern Egyptian sculpture. Dedicated to him, the Mokhtar Museum displays 85 bronze, stone, basalt, marble, granite and plaster works.
If your heart beats for the history of religion, a visit to the Coptic Museum in Old Cairo is a must. It holds the largest collection of Egyptian Christian artefacts, charting the history of Christianity in Egypt from its beginnings to the present day.
From religious culture to today’s politics, the Abdeen Palace – one of Cairo's historic presidential residences – is also the official workplace of the President of Egypt, located in the east of Downtown Cairo. On the lower floors, the palace houses a museum which is divided into the Silver Museum, Arms Museum, The Royal Family Museum, Historical Documents Museum and the Presidential Gifts Museum, in all making for an educationally enriching day out.
To find out more about how wealthy Egyptian families lived in the 17th Century, visit Bayt el Suhaymi (the house of Suhaymi), a historic, restored house close to Khan el Khalili market. The house also demonstrates the art of the period and shows how people of its era used to live.