Museum of Islamic Arts, Cairo

4.5
#4 of 96 in Museums in Cairo
Art Museum · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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.
It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Museum of Islamic Arts and many more Cairo attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Cairo online itinerary maker.
Source
Create an itinerary including Museum of Islamic Arts
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Museum of Islamic Arts reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
135 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • Well curated small museum, & far fewer tourists than the Egyptian Museum. Busy with school groups sketching displays at time of our visit (Sunday morning). Current adult entry 120 EGP. Egyptian...  more »
  • We enjoyed a fairly quick walk through the highlights of the museum in 30 mins or so but you could easily spend spend much longer here if you had a particular interest in all the exhibits.  more »
Google
  • 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
  • Build a plan

    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it

    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package

    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!

    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance

Popular things to do in Cairo

See all ›
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
4.9
Duration: 8 hours

Side trips from Cairo

4.4
Duration: 4 hours
4.6
Duration: 4h 30 min
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.1
Duration: 4 hours

Historic Sites in Cairo

See all ›
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
5.0
Duration: 3 hours

Hidden gems in Cairo

4.5
Duration: 6 hours
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
5.0
Duration: 3 hours

Museums in Cairo

See all ›
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
4.2
Duration: 3 hours

Nearby attractions in Cairo

4.8
Duration: 4 hours
5.0
Duration: 6 hours
4.5
Duration: 6 hours
5.0
Duration: 6 hours
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
3.9
Duration: 3 hours