The Coptic Museum in Cairo
The Coptic Museum is a must see for any tourist visiting Cairo. The museum holds a huge collection of ancient Egyptian and Christian artifacts. It is the ideal place to see the world famous Coptic Art.
Copts, and Coptic art relates to native Egyptian Christians
The Museum holds a collection of 16,000 works of art in total, with some 1,200 being exhibited to to the public at any one time.
There is also a collection of over 6,000 papyrus manuscripts, with the most important being the Psalms of David and the manuscripts of Nag Hammadi.
The Museums’ founder, Marcus Simaika Pasha , wanted to bring together all the artifacts relating to the study of Christian history in Egypt. He succeeded in his project to create this Museum which links Pharaonic, Greco-Roman and Islamic antiquities together in one amazing collection.
The Museum is located within the walls of the fortress of Babylon, part of the old city walls built in 98 A.D., which also houses the old churches of Cairo: St. Sergius and St. Barbara of the 4th century and the Hanging Church “El Muallaqa” of the 6th century. All are within walking disctance form the museum.
The Museum occupies an area of 8,000m2, including the gardens.
Ever since the foundation of the museum, the Coptic community has been proactive in filling it with precious and rare pieces. Members of the community have sent icons, cloths, manuscripts, priestly garments, frescoes, and wooden panels. Painted wooden ceilings and marble fountains were collected from old Coptic palaces. This makes it the premier location to view and study Coptic art
Ahead of its centenary celebration in 2008 the Coptic Museum has been entirely renovated to show off the best of Coptic art and culture.
9 am – 5 pm
Ticket office closes at 4 pm
9 am – 3 pm
Foreigners 40 EGP
Foreign Students 20 EGP
Egyptians 2 EGP
Egyptian Students 1 EGP
Travelers Tips: Please note that photography is not permitted unless you have written approval from the Supreme Council of Antquities