The Coptic Museum
The Coptic Quarter
Old Cairo (Misr El-Qadima)
Mari Girguis Metro Station
Open daily 9 am - 4 pm
The Coptic Museum was established in 1908 and
houses the world's largest collection of Coptic
artifacts, including icons, textiles and manuscripts
dating as far back as 300 AD. The famous icon of the
Virgin and Child which belonged to the Hanging Church
and the exquisite wood panels of the Church of St.
Barbara are also on display in the museum. A library
containing over 7,000 ancient books and manuscripts is
in a special section.
The museum is
surrounded by beautiful gardens, which make for an
excellent break. The main building is in itself a
piece of artwork with its mosaic decorations.
Plan one day for your tour of the Coptic
Quarter, including the Coptic Museum. Since your tour
of the Coptic Quarter is not complete unless you visit
some of the churches, please make sure you are
appropriately dressed. As in all other places of
worship, modest dress is required.