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Museum of Islamic Arts, Cairo

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The Museum of Islamic Art, in Cairo, Egypt, is considered one of the greatest in the world, with its exceptional collection of rare woodwork and plaster artefacts, as well as metal, ceramic, glass, crystal, and textile objects of all periods, from all over the Islamic world.
In recent years, the museum has displayed about 4,500 artefacts in 25 Halls, but it houses more than 100,000 objects, with the remainder in storage. The collection includes rare manuscripts of the Qur'an, with some calligraphy written in silver ink, on pages with elaborate borders.
The Museum has conducted archaeological excavations in the Fustat area and has organized a number of national and international exhibitions. The museum closed for renovations in 2003, and re-opened 8 years later, in August 2010. The restoration cost nearly US$10 million.
Although recognition of the Egyptian Pharaonic art was signalled in Cairo by the establishment in 1858 of the Egyptian Department of Antiquities and the Egyptian Museum, the appreciation of Islamic Art lagged behind. The Khedive Ismail approved a proposal to establish a Museum of Islamic Art in the Courtyard of the Mosque of Baibars, but this was not carried out until 1880, when Khedive Tawfiq ordered the Ministry of Endowments (ar: الأوقاف - Awqaf) to set it up.
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  • Well curated and organized museum, hosted in an impressive palace. Splendid artifacts crafted during the time of Umayyad, Fatimid, Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman rulers of Egypt are on display. The... 
    Well curated and organized museum, hosted in an impressive palace. Splendid artifacts crafted during the time of Umayyad, Fatimid, Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman rulers of Egypt are on display. The...  more »
  • Lovely, new, well lighted museum of Islamic Art which includes historical references. Excellent, uncrowded museum. We would rate this second to the newly opened Museum of Egyptian Civilization... 
    Lovely, new, well lighted museum of Islamic Art which includes historical references. Excellent, uncrowded museum. We would rate this second to the newly opened Museum of Egyptian Civilization...  more »
  • Spent about an hour here which was adequate time. Can take photos free with cell phone. Had a small tour by the museum which explained some of the highlights. Some items were damaged in a car-bomb... 
    Spent about an hour here which was adequate time. Can take photos free with cell phone. Had a small tour by the museum which explained some of the highlights. Some items were damaged in a car-bomb...  more »
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  • One of the best museum in Cairo. It offers a vast range of different treasures of Islamic Art. It is air conditioned and well executed. The only downside was the lack of English translations to some of the texts.
  • With its remarkable collection of rare woodwork and plaster artifacts, as well as metal, ceramic, glass, crystal, and textile objects from all over the Islamic world, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Cairo, Egypt, is regarded as one of the greatest museums in the world. In 25 Halls, the museum has recently displayed roughly 4,500 artifacts, although it actually holds more than 100,000 items, with the remaining being stored. Rare Qur'anic manuscripts with some writing in silver ink and pages with ornate borders are included in the collection.
  • Very interesting place to understand the different dynasties ruling Egypt since the beginning of Islam in the country. The art are very impressive. The price is quite expensive though
  • The museum is well set out, lots of artifacts to see the history of amazing and the staff are fantastic from the police outside to the staff checking you in
  • It's a fantastic internal peace place

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