The Coptic Museum

The oldest and largest museum of Egypt houses the biggest collection of Ancient Egypt artefacts.

General Info

Name: Coptic Museum
Established in: 1908
Location: 30° 0′ 21.6″ N, 31° 13′ 51.6″ E
Opening Hours: 9:00am-9:00pm
Place: Old Cairo
Type: Coptic Antiquities
Collection Size: 16,000 items
During Ramadan: till 4:00pm


Marcus Simaika Pasha built the museum in 1908 and inaugurated it in 1910. In 1931, it became a state museum and Christian antiquities were moved in 1939 to Egyptian Museum.  Later, the entire museum was renovated in 1983 and 1984. Further renovations were exercised in 2005-06.


The building has two new annexes with the original aisles go through 12 sectional displays.

  • Collection of Coptic Artefacts rich with Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman traditions links ancient and Islamic Egypt.

  • Collection of objects, such as stonework, woodwork, metalwork, textiles and manuscripts.

  • Collection of 1,200 Nag Hammadi manuscripts in a library that is only allowed to specialist researchers.


  • Apart from the museum, there are gardens and courtyards and the area is surrounded by 6 old Coptic churches.

  • The building is covered with mosaics and styled with old mashrabiya screens that bring serenity and piousness to the Coptic grounds here.

  • Located inside Roman Babylon fort, the museum is now center of Attraction in Coptic Cairo.

  • The 2 storied building has 8 sections:

  • Stone and Portraits section

  • Metal section

  • Wood section

  • Ivory section

  • Coptic writing section

  • Pottery and Glass section

  • Cloth and Textile Section

  • Icon section

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