The Egyptian Museum is a starting point for learning about Pharonic
Egypt, and we dutifully went there the first morning after arriving.
It was begun when the French archaeologist August Mariette recognized
the importance of keeping some of the multitude of Egyptian artifacts
in Egypt, though a great many had already been dispersed around the
world, and worked to establish the collection in 1858; the Museum itself
was built in 1902. That's actually 30+ years after the Museum of Natural
History in NYC was built, but the wide spacious halls and wooden cabinets
do bespeak an earlier time. They're working at updating the signage,
the lack of which is the major drawback to the displays.
I, however, enjoy this style, and spent several
hours wandering through, both at the beginning and at the end of
The Egyptian passion for cats, both inside and
outside the Museum, was noted!