Egypt Coptic Museums information, tours, prices and online booking
Egypt Coptic Museums include only one Coptic museum. In fact, it located in Old Cairo area in Cairo, called the Coptic Museum. The Coptic Museum is a museum in Coptic Cairo, Egypt with the largest collection of Egyptian Christian artifacts in the world. In fact, it founded by Marcus Simaika Pasha in 1908 to house Coptic antiquities. The museum traces the history of Christianity in Egypt from its beginnings to the present day. Moreover, it erected on 8,000 square meters offered by the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. It was under the guardianship of Pope Cyril V. In fact, the Coptic Museum houses the world’s most important examples of Coptic art.
In 1908, after receiving approval and a number of silver antiquities from Patriarch Cyril V and raising funds by public subscription, Marcus Simaika Pasha built the Coptic Museum and inaugurated it on March 14, 1910. The Coptic community was generous in their support of the museum. They donated in fact many vestments, frescoes and icons. In 1931 the Coptic Museum became a state museum. It was under the jurisdiction of the Department of Antiquities. In 1939 the collection of Christian antiquities in the Egyptian Museum moved there.
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These were housed in the New Wing, completed in 1944. Because of damage, the Old Wing was closed in 1966, and the entire museum was renovated between 1983 and 1984. The foundations of the museum were strengthened and reinforced between 1986 and 1988, which helped the museum survive the 1992 earthquake. Further renovations took place 2005-06. Marcus Simaika Pasha was followed by Dr. Togo Mina and then by Dr. Pahour Labib, the first to have the title of Director of the Coptic Museum.