The Art Islamic Museum in Cairo is considered to be one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. The museum hosts more than 104 thousand displays reflecting the greatness of the Islamic civilization in Egypt and the whole Islamic world and how flourishing it has been for a very long period of time.
The museum of Islamic art is truly a wonderful reservoir of Islamic antiquities. It has a vast supplement of about 10200 artifacts that one cannot explore in a single day. The museum displays arts from the different Islamic eras that Egypt passed through including the Fatimid, Turkish and Persian periods. From the Fatimid Period, one can find a fine collection of wooden panels, which are the only surviving pieces of the Western Palace of Al Kahira Palace.
The idea of establishing the museum of Islamic art goes back to the year 1880 when the Egyptian authorities collected all the precious pieces of Islamic art from several mosques, other structures, and buildings. Afterwards, the government stored them in the Eastern section of Al Hakem Mosque in Al Mui'z Street in Cairo. Shorty afterwards, these antiquities were put on display in a small museum that was especially built in the open courtyard of the Al Hakem Mosque and it was called the House of Arabian Antiquities. The displays of the Museum of Islamic Art remained in that location until the building of the museum was constructed in the year 1903 and it was officially opened for public visits on the 28th of December 1903. Afterwards, the museum was renamed as the Museum of Islamic Art in 1952 after the Egyptian revolution.