I visited the Egyptian Antiquities museum a few days ago.
It’s not huge, but the volume of stuff is incredible. I really like the semi-disorganized state that it’s in. There’s very little behind glass, and you can get right up close to almost everything. Some explanation of the items would be helpful, but who really cares if half of the stuff isn’t labelled. I actually entered a couple of sections that were quasi-closed. I had to climb over stuff that they hadn’t bothered to take out of the crates.
It’s an amazing museum. I’m going to have to go back again with my guidebook to interpret what everything is. King Tut’s stuff was really amazing, but what interested me the most were little diaramas assembeld from wood carvings that the Egyptians had used 5000 years ago to record their daily activities. There’s hundreds of them depicting daily life – farming, fishing, making pottery, tanning leather… It was very cool.
Unfortunatley, they only let you take photos from the outside. I guess I’ll have to scan some post cards.
Another amsuing fact: they have huge versions of Marm’s door knocker on the front doors. They’re exactly identical.