Museum of Islamic Arts, Cairo

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The Museum of Islamic Art, in Cairo, Egypt, is considered one of the greatest in the world, with its exceptional collection of rare woodwork and plaster artefacts, as well as metal, ceramic, glass, crystal, and textile objects of all periods, from all over the Islamic world.
In recent years, the museum has displayed about 4,500 artefacts in 25 Halls, but it houses more than 100,000 objects, with the remainder in storage. The collection includes rare manuscripts of the Qur'an, with some calligraphy written in silver ink, on pages with elaborate borders.
The Museum has conducted archaeological excavations in the Fustat area and has organized a number of national and international exhibitions. The museum closed for renovations in 2003, and re-opened 8 years later, in August 2010. The restoration cost nearly US$10 million.
Although recognition of the Egyptian Pharaonic art was signalled in Cairo by the establishment in 1858 of the Egyptian Department of Antiquities and the Egyptian Museum, the appreciation of Islamic Art lagged behind. The Khedive Ismail approved a proposal to establish a Museum of Islamic Art in the Courtyard of the Mosque of Baibars, but this was not carried out until 1880, when Khedive Tawfiq ordered the Ministry of Endowments (ar: الأوقاف - Awqaf) to set it up.
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  • The museum of Islamic Arts does not draw the same large crowds as the Egyptian museum. It was very quiet when I visited. But this museum is a real jewel where I have learned a lot about the history of...  more »
  • Bright and airy, we saw many students coming to draw the items on display. Well laid out, and lots of space, very reasonably priced also.  more »
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  • This is my favourite museum in Cairo. Solely dedicated to Islamic period, the objects are well displayed. They are chronologically arranged in the gallery towards right. The gallery towards left has objects displayed as per various themes. I was surprised to find items from India (emperor Akbar's time) here. This is a very quiet, clean, not crowded and well maintained museum. Definitely recommend visiting. P. S - need to buy separate ticket for photography even if clicking pictures with phone camera
  • Very interesting and there were not so many visitors.. There is quite a bit of stuff exhibited there. Nice divisions into the periods. Very interesting weaponry area. Worthy to visit. Photos for extra charge
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