Museum of Islamic Ceramics in Cairo
Museum of Islamic Ceramics located in central Cairo, a couple of minutes' walk from the Cairo Marriott in a restored palace.
This museum is located in an highly impressive building, the perfect example of Islamic architecture and decoration.
The museum hosts a permanent collection of priceless Islamic ceramics from Egypt, Iran, Turkey and southern Spain, including a stunning collection of ceramic pots, plates, and bowls from the 9th to the 18th centuries.
It is also worth visiting simply to see the building, which was originally a small palace for Prince Amr Ibrahim in the 19th century and was seized by the government in 1953.
Designed by a Turkish architect, it is a graceful and balanced building, especially in contrast to some of the old colonial piles you'll see if you take the time to stroll around Zamalek or Garden City.
The museum information is a little uninformative, but most of the collections in the museum speak for themselves.
The museum itself isn’t a tourist hotpost and this makes it perfect to relax after a hectic day in hectic Cairo.
Travelers Tip: Non-flash photography is permitted free of charge, but officially you need to get permission from the director. If you can’t find him, just ask at the door, and there'll usually be no problem.