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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
$54.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic day at the Giza pyramids
I had a fantastic day touring the Giza pyramids and the Egyptian museum. My tour guide Fatma was fantastic. She was knowledgeable, friendly and fun. I really enjoyed seeing ancient Egyptian history from her point to view. I highly recommend this tour. Thank you Fatma for such a wonderful day.
Uzo, Oct 2021

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
Best guide in Egypt!
Linnea_G, Oct 2021
All inclusive -Tour Giza pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum,Camel Ride, Bazaar
This was simply the best tour I could have wished for! The guide was super nice and professional, on time and always made sure I was enjoying the experience. Truly the best guide and tour you could imagine ☀️
star-4
World known
Debbie_B, Oct 2021
Egyptian Museum in Cairo: Private Guided Tour
Be prepared for an extremely busy museum with bus loads of tourists. If I were going on my own I would do the audio tour.
star-5
Nice Tour and Very Knowledgeable Guide
Peter_C, Oct 2021
Private Tour to Giza Pyramids and The Egyptian Museum
We had a bad start (2 hours late)due to a glitch in the computer system of the tour company; however our tour guide Sam made up all the bad feelings that we had at the beginning, Sam was very knowledgeable and an expert taking pictures at the end we were very happy and I will recommend the tour to anyone.
star-5
Excellent experience
Jorge_F, Oct 2021
All inclusive -Tour Giza pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum,Camel Ride, Bazaar
Mohammed is an excellent tour guide, friendly, knowledgeable, well spoken. He has the tourist back when dealing with the locals. Great service and well worth the cost.
star-5
Amazing Tour
Terrica, Oct 2021
Private Cairo City Tour: Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Khan Khalili Bazaar
Our tour was AMAZING! Our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, funny, and was able to answer all of the questions we had. The tour was much more than I expected. Lunch was delicious! The guide even stopped at a couple of places to ensure that we had a true Cairo experience. He also recommended more places to visit and was exactly on time. We didn’t have to wait for anything. He had everything pre-planned. We can not thank our driver enough! He definitely made this an experience to remember!
star-5
Great value for money, awesome experience!
Ryan_P, Oct 2021
All inclusive trip Giza Pyramids,Egyptian Museum,Sphinx,Bazar,Camel Ride,Lunch
Awesome tour!!! The guide, Hima, was super friendly and very knowledgeable. I wouldn highly recommend this tour and definitely ask for Hima 👍👍👍
star-5
For ancient history, take this one.
JOHN_K, Oct 2021
Cairo Day Tour visit Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan Khalil Bazaar
I wish that there were a sixth star for rating. From the moment he picked me up, though all the sights, until the end, my guide was friendly and well-versed in the culture and history of everything we visited. He was able to answer questions that weren’t even related to the tour. I strongly recommend this, and Mohamed (I think that was his name).
star-5
Honeymoon
Kemi_B, Oct 2021
8-hours Giza complex pyramids ,sphinx and Egyptian museum tour
When you travel to Egypt, make sure you visit the Giza pyramids. It's so beautiful. Thanks to our tour guide
star-5
All day pyramids and Egyptian museum
robert_j, Sep 2021
Full-Day Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum and Bazaar
Had a great day I spent a lot of time at the pyramids got to see the inside of one also saw how paper was made from papyrus then spent a lot of time at the Egyptian museum saw the best exhibits even a couple of mummies
star-5
Best way to see Egypt
londiepemberton, Oct 2021
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
By far the best way to see Egypt. My guide Taha was excellent. Would do it again in a heartbeat! Great Tour.

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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