Egyption History & Travel - 2010

We visited the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities on the 2nd full day of our trip and saw many things dating from every period of Egyptian antiquity. Poor Kathy was sick with what we called “Pharaoh's revenge.” She only made it through this experience on sheer guts and determination. She was nauseous, semi-delirious with fever, dizzy and weak. But she soldiered on and saw, probably as well as the rest of us did, everything that the pyroclastic flow of human beings would permit. Being in Egypt was a longstanding dream of hers and she was not going to miss anything, especially the iconic and fascinating Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

This huge pink building encompasses so many marvelous treasures that you begin to understand the informality of the display. Things are exhibited chock-a-block with no particular emphasis on a chronology or even the importance of a particular object. No more than 10% of the holdings are on display at any one time. But as closely packed as the objects are, the people visiting are even more tightly compacted. There is no air conditioning in most of the building and the people just slide past one another on a veneer of perspiration; otherwise the crowd would be unable to move through the halls and rooms of this incredible museum and its magnificent holdings. It is nearly impossible to study an object in any detail because the crowds of people just keep pushing through and you move past statues, displays cases, and signage in a relentless flow. The crowd dynamic is almost as amazing as the museum's holdings. AND our guide told us that we were lucky because we were not here during the


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