The Museum of Islamic Art contains one of the largest and most extensive collections of Islamic artifacts in the world. The search for a fitting premise to display the grand collection of artifacts began in 1880 A.D, and eventually led to the establishment of this building in 1902 A.D. The building was made in the Neo-Mamluk style and is adjacent to the National Library of Egypt.
Recently renovated, the museum exhibits a large selection of artifacts from all over the world covering subjects such as astronomy, medicine and engineering. The vast collection allows the visitor to journey through all periods of Islamic history by viewing some of the most magnificent artifacts, including 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 notable possessions.
Morning Hours: 9 AM - 4.30 PM The tickets window closes at 4 PM Evening Hours: Saturday 6 PM - 8.30 PM The tickets window closes at 8 PM
- 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
- 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.