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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
Highly recommended
Highly recommended Everything described was included and done .the guide ( Rasha ) was very informative and helpful , we visited the pyramids and had a camel ride . then stopped at a perfume shop , papyrus shop and silver shop . We had lunch and then went to khan al khalili , the guide helped us find good shops with good prices . Our last stop was the Egyptian museum which was very rich and wonderful ,but it absolutely needs more than one day to be fully covered . Transportation was in a private van .
Shatha_A, Nov 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-4
Gina pyramids
Timothy_L, Nov 2021
All inclusive -Tour Giza pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum,Camel Ride, Bazaar
After the pickup being 1hr 45mins late as the booking hadn't been filtered through to the tour guide - we had a very memorable day - our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and adjusted the day to fit everything in Excellent day in the end
star-5
Great tour
Domonique_S, Nov 2021
All inclusive -Tour Giza pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum,Camel Ride, Bazaar
The tour was great and the tour guide was great too. It was a private tour, got to see everything and bought some nice souvenirs.
star-5
Museum
Rosemary_N, Nov 2021
Half-Day Tour of the Egyptian Museum
This was a great day out our guide couldn’t do enough for us. So much information . Even took us to some shops on the way back
star-5
The best time ever!
Jessica_G, Nov 2021
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
Zeinab was seriously the best guide I’ve ever had and Ive been many places. I will 100% recommend her and this tour.
star-5
Full day tour of Cairo
Taneisha_L, Nov 2021
All inclusive trip Giza Pyramids,Egyptian Museum,Sphinx,Bazar,Camel Ride,Lunch
We were here with limited time. This tour made it possible for us to see as much as we could in a short amount of time. Our guide and the driver were friendly and early to pick us up which i liked. I enjoyed visiting the different sites and trying the authentic Egyptian food.
star-5
5 Star Experience
Jessica_L, Nov 2021
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
I would recommend this tour to anyone who is visiting Cairo and wants to see all the highlights in one day. Our guide, Zenab, was absolutely fabulous! She made our experience very memorable. She took great photos, ensured we were not hassled and hit every landmark in a timely fashion. 5 stars for this company and tour guide!
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-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
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
a wonderful day and a terrific tour
karl_a, Nov 2021
All inclusive -Tour Giza pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum,Camel Ride, Bazaar
Learning the history and significance of what we saw from our tour guide MOHAMMED. He a 10 out of 10. it was a truly memorable experience that we will carry back home and tell our friends.

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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