The Coptic Museum, Cairo

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Learn more about a continuous tradition that links the ancient to Islamic Egypt at The Coptic Museum, an impressive fortified building housing the world's largest collection of Coptic artifacts and pieces of art. Spanning 8,000 sq m (86,111 sq ft), the museum features brightly colored fresco paintings and icons with saints, as well as holy relics and items of everyday use. Founded in 1908, the collection shows a rich blend of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman traditions with some 16,000 objects arranged in chronological sections. You'll have the chance to view textiles, books, stonework, woodwork, metalwork, manuscripts, and other religious items labeled in Arabic, English, and French. Take a look at our Cairo trip itinerary app to schedule your visit to The Coptic Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The Coptic Museum Cairo was founded by Marcus Simaika in 1908. The museum traces the history of Egypt from its beginnings to the present day. It was erected on 8,000 square meter land offered by the.....  more »
  • Although there are some amazing artifacts in this museum, the staff will follow you around constantly like you are a criminal. They also try to usher you out of the museum as quickly as possible...  more »
  • Medium sized museum of Coptic art, well labelled in English, French & Arabic. Rooms have beautifully carved wooden ceilings. Wall paintings from abandoned monasteries the personal highlight.  more »
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  • I went there as part of my study excursion and I was not very impressed by the museum. The lighting is bad and display is boring. The labels are old and dusty and the bigger information panels are repetitive. They can definitely improve the display of objects and the lighting. But I give full points to the building. Its a nice building with beautiful wooden ceilings (don't forget to look up). And the collection is very unique.
  • I loved it. Reveals one of the beautiful eras of old times. There is also an access to an ancient castle that was built in the 18th century. Close to this place is the hanging church and a couple of other mosques and churches.
  • It was nice to get away from the crowd and tours. The museum was very quiet, a lot of pictorial and written explanation about the era. I especially liked the decorated windows!
  • Larger and nicer than expected. Many artifacts and pleasant architecture of the museum showing coptic design.
  • Calm place. Talking about coptic culture in Egypt. It’s old palace as i think and converted to museum.

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