Cairo Calling

Museum marvels


The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Cairo contains many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history.

It houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. The Egyptian government established the museum in 1835.

It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display and the remainder in storerooms.

It is a must visit for any one who wishes to witness the marvel of human civilisation from 5000 years ago

In ancient Egyptian history, the Old Kingdom is the period spanning c. 2686–2181 BC. It is also known as the “Age of the Pyramids” or the “Age of the Pyramid Builders”, as it encompasses the reigns of the great pyramid-builders of the Fourth Dynasty, such as King Sneferu, who perfected the art of pyramid-building, and the kings Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, who constructed the pyramids at Giza. Egypt attained its first sustained peak of civilization during the Old Kingdom, the first of three so-called “Kingdom” periods (followed by the Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom), which mark the high points of civilization in the lower Nile Valley.