The Museum of Islamic Art contains one of the largest and most extensive collections of Islamic artifacts in the world. The idea of collecting and display the grand collection of artifacts began in 1880 AD. Eventually the building was established and inaugurated in 1903 AD, during the region of Khedive Abbas Helmy ll. The building’s facade was made in the Mamluk style and is adjacent to the National Library of Egypt.
In 2014, an explosion targeting the opposite building (Cairo Security Directorate), impacted the façade. It was restored and reopened in 2017. The museum’s building consists of two floors that exhibit a large selection of artifacts from all over the world, covering subjects such as astronomy, medicine, and architecture. The vast collection takes the visitor on a journey through all periods of Islamic history, displaying some of the most magnificent artifacts. These include finely carved woodwork, delicately decorated ceramics, and rare manuscripts.
A Mamluk key to the Ka’ba in Mecca and a textile bearing the oldest Kufic inscription are among the museum’s most notable possessions.
The tickets window closes at 4.30 pm
Except Friday, Saturday and public holidays: 1. Seniors aged 60 and over 2- special needs 3- Orphaned children 4- Public schools trips primary and preparatory school
- Please do not touch any exhibits or showcases. - Food and drinks are not allowed within the galleries, except for small water bottles. - Smoking is prohibited throughout the museum. - Please refrain from disorderly, disruptive, and offensive language or actions. - Please be mindful of others, and be quiet when using your cell phone. - Audio players are not permitted throughout the museum. - For the safety of the exhibits, please do not use flashlights or laser pointers inside the museum. - Appropriate attire is requested. - Please do not lay down on seats or on the floor, and do not remove your shoes. - Please follow all posted signs and visitor instructions.
- Private photography is permitted inside the museum after paying ticket fees. - Please refrain from taking photographs of other visitors or staff as it may violate their personal rights. - Please refrain from taking video recordings (cell phone, cameras) in the galleries unless you have paid the appropriate ticket fees. - Taking photographs and video recordings for commercial use (TV, cinema, programmes, advertising, documentary clips, et) are permitted only after obtaining permission from the concerned authority and paying the daily rate. - Please refrain from using flash photography. - Please refrain from using tripods or monopods except for permitted commercial use
In times of emergency such as an earthquake or fire, please follow the instructions of museum staff. In the event of an earthquake, please move away from large sculptures, displaycases, and other objects that may fall down.
With regards to the students of Art Faculties, please conduct yourself respectively in regards to the following: The use of pens and pen markersare prohibited in all galleries: only pencils may be used in taking notes or sketching. Sketchbooksexceeding 18 x 24 inches are not permitted. Please do not hinder visitor traffic flow in the galleries by blocking visitors or walking paths.
Large bags, large backpacks, Luggage or parcels larger than 40x40cm are not permitted into the museum, but you will beallowed to store them in the cloakroom. Bags and backpacks may be subject to search at any time. Do not bring any sharp itemsor dangerous materials into the museum, such as knives, screwdrivers, scissors, and firearms. These items must be stored in the cloakroom. Do not bring umbrellas into the museum, please leave store them in the cloakroom. Do not bring folding seats or any other type of transportable seatinginside the galleriesbefore you obtain permission from the museum security. Animals or pets are not allowed to enter the museum. Musical instruments are not allowed inside the museum. Do not bring any advertising banners or carry placards or signs inside the museum unless you obtain approval from the concerned authorities.
Children must be accompanied by an adult inside the museum at all times. For the safety of your children and the exhibits, please ensure that children do not run, play, or bump into exhibits or visitors.