Haajar Abu Ismail
The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Cairo is the largest museum specialising in Islamic Art in the world. Established in 1903, this over-a-century-old museum is home to more than 100,000 artefacts from various Islamic civilisations and periods. The art showcased in this venue reflects Islamic pieces collected from across the globe, including India, China, Iran, the Arabian Peninsula, the Levant, North Africa, Andalusia, and of course, Egypt.
The museum represents a wealth of knowledge for researchers, as it is host to a rich collection of manuscripts and artefacts associated with fields such as medicine, surgery, horticulture, astronomical instruments, as well as items from daily life. There are also quite a few rare and unique pieces at the venue that reflect the excellence of Muslim artisanal workmanship.
As a welcome change from conventional art mediums of paper and canvas, the museum displays art of various natures, including textiles, engraved stones, ivory, ceramic, wood, metals, glass, manuscripts, jewellery, weapons and even more! For those unfamiliar with the wonders of Islamic Art, a visit to the MIA is a must. Not only will you gain valuable insight into this civilisation, but it will be done at a world-class institution.
With a mission of displaying, preserving, and interpreting Islamic artefacts, the MIA aims to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of Islamic civilisation and its contributions to the world, particularly in areas of the arts and sciences. Beyond acting as an important venue of valued art from across Islamic history, the MIA is also a place of learning. To elaborate, the museum offers various workshops on matters such as archaeological excavation or English language learning.
With a valuable mission and incredible collection, the MIA is certainly worth a visit for locals as well as tourists.
Egyptians: Students – LE 10/ Adults – LE 20
Non-Egyptians: Students – LE 30/Adults – LE 60
Address: Port Said, Ghayt Al Adah, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo
Opening Hours: Daily: 9 AM – 5 PM, Fridays 9 AM – 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM – 5 PM.