The Cairo museum is impressive, simply because they've got quite a wealth of Egyptian history on display. From SEVERAL royal mummies, pharaoh's included, to sarcophagi, to King Tut's treasure; there are many wonders to behold. Unfortunately, the impressive side of this museum is shadowed by its incredibly poor presentation and lack of organization. They have some of the most incredible museum artifacts in the world, yet it feels like you are sorting through a flea market. Items are displayed upside down, sideways, mostly without labeling of any kind. Many items are so reconstructed you can't tell what was original and what is the artist's idea. Coming from Israel and having spent extraordinary hours on a photograph catalog of the well-run Israel Museum, this was frustrating at best. Thankfully, Geoff has studied an incredible amount of the things in the museum so even in its disorganized state, we got a lot out of it.
After looking at the pyramids and studying the lengths the ancient Egyptians went to secure a proper burial for their pharaohs, it was eerie to see their mummies displayed side by side in clear plastic boxes for tourists. Now, King Tut's treasure was pretty incredible to see. His tomb was the smallest found by far (as we later realized first-hand in the Valley of the Kings), and still the wealth found in his previously undisturbed tomb is incredible. Parts of the treasure are in various other museums as well, and what was on display filled a significant area. One of the biggest highlight's for Geoff was seeing the Merenptah Stele, a huge inscribed stone tablet which is to-date the oldest recorded (original) reference of the Israelites as a people. Geoff spent a lot of time trying to memorize this stone; I'm sure he cried inside that photos weren't allowed.
Sakkara Burial Grounds
To be clear, there are a LOT of pyramids in and around Egypt. Well over 100 have been found (so far; there is a lot of sand here...), though I can't find a good enough source to quote an exact number. Sakkara hosts a vast ancient burial ground, with 17 pyramids including the most famous Step Pyramid of Djoser. They also have a small, yet incredibly well presented and organized museum at the entrance that was quite refreshing to see, and not to be missed.
Most of the pyramids at this site are showing their age, some more than others. The best part of this site is the abundance of hieroglyphics in the burial chambers you can explore. I took hundreds of photos at this site - almost entirely of the hieroglyphics. I'll spare you the majority, but here's a small percentage I've managed to sort through for you to experience it yourself: