King Nebkheperura Tutankhamun is easily one of the most recognized kings who has ever existed – and one of the most mysterious. Although some is known about “boy king” Tutankhamun from the items discovered in his tomb; there is still so much that remains unknown – leading to one of the reasons travelers to Egypt are so fascinated by this 10-year-old Pharaoh of some 4,000 years ago.
When his tomb was discovered in 1922, it opened the world’s eyes to ancient Egypt and since then, Tutankhamun’s burial mask has become a symbol that represents a history long gone, but never forgotten. The mask is just one of many relics that can be seen today in the Egyptian Museum.
Intrigue Comes to Life
When it comes to learning about the history of Egypt, there’s no better place to start than the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Also known as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, you can explore centuries of history that are guaranteed to astound and delight you. And it’s not all about King Tut.
The museum holds the world’s largest collection of pharaonic antiquities, with more than 160,000 objects that extend back 5,000 years. Take a walk through the 107 halls to explore the collections, delving into the past of this fascinating culture.
Starting on the ground floor, you step through the history of ancient Egypt, admiring the statues and sarcophagi, and examining the famous siltstone palette of King Narmer – one of the first documents of Egyptian history.
Kings and Tombs
The upper floor is where you can take a step back into Tutankhamun’s life and see the treasures of his tomb; experience life of the ancient Egyptians through displays of wooden models and statuettes, see jewels of all shapes, sizes and colors, and get up close to some of New Kingdom’s royal mummies. Take a walk through the Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, and the New Kingdom; along with experiencing monuments from Greek and Roman periods of rule.
Along with Tutankhamun, one of the most popular rooms is the Amarna display.The Amarna Period was fascinating, and stepping into the room off the main corridor you see one of the most controversial finds ever made in the Valley of the Kings – the KV55 tomb, which was discovered in 1907. Learn about it as you walk through the room with its stone statues and wooden pieces.
There’s so much to learn about the history of Egypt, and the museum offers you a fascinating insight into a culture that has long been an enigma. Join the two million people who visit the museum every year, for an experience that will take you into a time that is highly mysterious, yet extremely memorable.