Museum of Islamic Art

Museum of Islamic Art is one of the exceptional museums with large collections of Islamic artefacts that preserves and displays Islamic period with much aplomb. Even if you are not interested in history will mesmerise you and capture you in its slender web.

General Info

Name: Islamic Art Museum
Established in: 1903
Location: 30° 3′ 0″ N, 31° 22′ 0″ E
Opening Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
Place: Cairo
Type: Museum
Collection Size: 100, 000 items
During Ramadan: till 3:00pm


The Khedive Ismail approved a proposal for Museum of Islamic Art which was not carried out until 1880. When an Australian scholar proposed Mosque of the Fatimid Caliph al-Hakim, to be a provisional seat for the Museum in 1881 and was furnished with 111 architectural pieces taken from other Monuments, Khedive Tawfiq approved a "Committee of Arab Antiquities", who started running the Arab Museum, and providing it with objects as well as preserving the monuments.

As a result, in 1884, a two-storey structure was built in the courtyard with a collection of 900 objects that staffed it with a curator and a doorkeeper. By 1895, the collection increased to 1,641 making the building insufficient to house everything. That led to the foundations for the larger building in the Bab Al-Khalq area of Cairo in 1899. Officially the museum was opened in 1903 but was finished in 1902.


The building has 2 entrances:

  • North-eastern side

  • South eastern side

  • A beautiful garden

The building is 2 storied with:

  • Lower floor: It contains the exhibition halls

  • Upper floor: It contains the general stores.

  • The Basement: It contains a store connected with the Restoration Section.


  • The museum has displays about 4,500 artefacts in 25 Halls even if it houses more than 100,000 artefacts.

  • The museums houses a rare collection of woodwork and plaster artefacts, as well as metal, ceramic, glass, crystal, and textile objects of all periods, from all over the Islamic world.

  • The museum is known to organise large no. of national and international exhibitions and programs to preserve and promote Islamic arts throughout the world.

  • The museum was closed for renovations in 2003 and reopened in 2010. The restoration costs were believed to be US$10 millions.

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