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Egyptian Museum (Museum of Egyptian Antiquities)
Egyptian Museum (Museum of Egyptian Antiquities)

Egyptian Museum (Museum of Egyptian Antiquities)

15 Meret Basha, Ismailia, Qasr an Nile, Cairo, Egypt

The Basics

There is a charge to enter the Egyptian Museum, with an additional charge to bring a camera and a substantial charge to view the mummified corpses of ancient pharaohs in Royal Mummies Hall. While you don’t need a guide or a tour to appreciate the museum, it is crammed full to bursting with historical wonders but generally poorly signed, so many will appreciate the navigational expertise of a guide.

The Egyptian Museum is an essential stop on Cairo history tours and Cairo day tours. Some tours pair it with the Giza Pyramids outside the city; others feature it alongside highlights of Islamic Cairo or Coptic Cairo such as the Hanging Church and Alabaster Mosque. History buffs will find private Egyptian Museum tours the best way to make the most of the spectacular collection, particularly while it is in flux pending the Grand Egyptian Museum move.

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8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
$59.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
To the Pyramids with Zenab & Company
Zenab (our guide) picked us up from our hotel and made us feel welcome right away. We were the first couple to the pyramids, which was Zenab's idea, and it was totally worth it. The driver was excellent as well. Everything was on schedule but we never felt rushed. We were completely relaxed and enjoying every minute. I would recommend this tour anybody. 10/10!
Benjamin_O, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairo

star-5
Great experience, wroth the price
Virgil_D, Oct 2021
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
Experience was amazing. Both guide and driver were polite and respectful. Pick up service was on time, car was clean and equipped with AC. Pyramid trip and museum visit were mind-blowing, our guide (Gunda) used his professional skills (both in taking photos and knowledge bases) to help us capture the memories and bring the history back to ‘alive’. The experience was amazing, and it goes to both driver and dear guide Gunda.
star-5
Wonderful guide
Sonoko_A, Sep 2021
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
Our tour guide,Mahmoud Hafez,was wonderful! He organized everything perfectly and his knowledge was just amazing. We're 2 pairs of parent&chid from Japan & Switzerland.We didn't see each other for more than 2 years because of pandemic of Covid 19.We spent wonderful time tha to him.
star-5
Excellent tour!
Paul_F, Jan 2022
Egyptian Museum in Cairo: Private Guided Tour
Our guide, Kareem was excellent! Very knowledgeable. Extremely important to have a private guide to explain & point out artifacts. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Great tour
Claudia_G, Jan 2022
Cairo Collection – Egyptian Museum, Alabaster Mosque & Coptic Cairo
We booked this tour last minute, which was no problem. Our tourguide Ashour showed us all you can probably visit in one day. Even some extra wishes were no problem and so we added some more stops to this tour for a little extra money. Definitely a must do when you are in Cairo :)
star-5
Great tour and clear english
Donna_N, Jan 2022
Inclusive Tour Giza pyramids,Sphinx,Egyptian Museum,Bazaar, Pyramids view Lunch
Ahmed Kamel was very knowledgable and pointed things out that were really nice to know. Clear English and warned us about the hustlers ahead of time. Took some photos and sent them to us afterwards.
star-5
Wonderful tour
MISSER_T, Jan 2022
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
Thank you Michael for taking us to the pyramids and Egyptian museum and sharing your love of egypt and its wonders with us. It was a trip i'll never forget!
star-5
Memorable experience
Lutfur_R, Jan 2022
Inclusive Tour Giza pyramids,Sphinx,Egyptian Museum,Bazaar, Pyramids view Lunch
We had an amazing time on this excursion. Our tour guide was memo. Children really adapted to him, he was very helpful and engaging.everything which was written on the tour we did. I totally recommend it.
star-5
Breathtaking 101
Monica_V, Dec 2021
Full-Day Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum and Bazaar
Being able to see these monuments that were thousands of years old was unbelievable. To be able to construct and build without today's modern tools was overwhelming. Seeing the skill and craftsmanship of the items in the museum was breathtaking.
star-4
Great time!
Nisha_M, Jan 2022
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
Had a wonderful time - realised last minute I hadn’t included saqqara and they changed it last minute for a small fee. It was a private tour- my guide knew her history well and I learnt a lot. Be aware the tour stops to sell you things but it’s ok to say no and no one was pushy. It was good to see how papyrus paper was made. Improvement: more history (make saqqara a standard part of this tour and remove the parts designated for selling things).
star-5
Worth the time
Cynthia_O, Dec 2021
Private Tour to the Egyptian Museum
A must see museum while in Cairo! Such great history, to walk back in time and see priceless artifacts.
star-5
It was really nice...
Eimantas_V, Dec 2021
All Inclusive Full-Day Tour to Pyramids, Museum, mosque and Felucca
It was really nice introductionary tour to Cairo. Very hepful, informative and polite guide. Adapted well to our needs and pace ( Family with 3 children).The sail with felluca boat was very relaxing at the end of the tour.
star-5
Highly recommend this...
Danielle_M, Jan 2022
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
Highly recommend this tour! Phoebe was absolutely lovely and really helped bring the history of Egypt to life

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Egyptian Museum is a must-do for history buffs and anyone with an interest in ancient Egypt.

  • The animal mummies room is a must for families with kids—and free, unlike the royal mummies room.

  • The Egyptian Museum features more than 100,000 objects crammed into over 160,000 square feet (15,000 square meters) of space. Don’t expect to see it all in one day.

  • Only the first floor of the Egyptian Museum is accessible to wheelchair users, who are entitled to discount tickets.

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How to Get There

The Egyptian Museum stands at the heart of downtown Cairo, on Tahrir Square—that’s around 8 miles (13 kilometers) from the Giza Pyramids and around 4 miles (6 kilometers) from Old Cairo. Many will find the convenience of an organized tour with door-to-door round-trip transfers preferable to haggling with taxi drivers or trying to piece together the city’s bewildering network of microbuses.

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When to Get There

The Egyptian Museum is open seven days a week: morning to evening Monday to Wednesday, morning to late on Sunday and Thursday, and morning to afternoon on the Islamic weekend, Friday and Saturday. There are additional charges for evening admission, while Fridays and Saturdays can be crowded. Visiting in the morning is recommended to beat the crowds.

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The Story of the Egyptian Museum

While much ancient Egyptian heritage has found its way overseas, into collections at the Louvre, the British Museum, and beyond, Egypt banned the export of antiquities as far back as 1835. The Egyptian Museum itself was founded in 1902, when the building was a masterpiece of contemporary museum design, to house the collection of French archaeologist Auguste Mariette.

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