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

Egyptian Museum (Museum of Egyptian Antiquities)

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13,103 Reviews
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
$49.00 per adult
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High quality and excellent value
Our guide Zenab was extremely kind, caring, and informative. This company takes the time to ensure their guides are educated and certified.
Ron_E, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairo

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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.
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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
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Egypt is open!
David_M, Sep 2021
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
What an incredible tour. Zenab and our driver, Yesir, were fantastic. Egypt is open. Now is a great time to go, as tourism is still slowly picking up. I hope to go back with my aily one day.
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Best Tour Ever!
thetravelingtattoo, Sep 2021
Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum ,Bazar& Ride a Camel.
Great overall private tour! Our guide was entertaining, was able to take great pics of me in front of the pyramids, and was able to answer all of my questions. Definitely recommend!
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Best tour ever!!!
Robbin, Sep 2021
Private Tour to The Egyptian Museum
Haha, was an incredible tour guide!! She brought Egyptian history to life for us!! So interesting, so much information!! We loved every moment!! She was so nice and kind!! She made our day!!
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Once in a lifetime!
carolbrodie4, Sep 2021
All inclusive -Tour Giza pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum,Camel Ride, Bazaar
This was a fantastic tour. Our guide Mimo was exceptional. He was extremely knowledgeable and fun! I would highly recommend Mimo for any future tour!
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Bucket list trip!
Kevin_G, Aug 2021
All inclusive -Tour Giza pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum,Camel Ride, Bazaar
Absolutely a great experience with my new friend Mohamed El wazir. He went above and beyond. Great guy.
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Giza pyramids and Egyptian musuem and camel ride
John_M, Aug 2021
8Hour Private Tour:Giza Pyramids,Sphinx,Egyptian Museum With Lunch,Camel Ride
I had a great time with my guide Ibrahim , he did a great jon for me and explain everything and i was enjoy his explanation about ancient history and Giza pyramids ,camel ride till sphinx is the best part too of my trip since it was a dream to ride a camel in giza pyramids , Egyptian museum is also good to visit , ask for Ibrahim with no regret
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Cairo Tour
briancburns, Sep 2021
8-Hour Private Tour of the Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo
Tour was fantastic! We only had a short time in Cairo but our guide was so great! She knew how to get us around and hit all the highlights and shared the history with us as well!
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cairo tour
SarahJounthan, Aug 2021
day tour Egyptian museum ,Coptic Cairo and Islamic Cairo
Mina my guide is so informative , I enjoyed alot with his information like fountain of information about Egyptian history , Ahmed is the driver is always number 1 driver in Egypt, highly recommended
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Outstanding tour of the Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, and Khan El Khalili
Ronald_G, Aug 2021
Full-Day Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum and Bazaar
My tour guide, Ayman Emo, was excellent! He was very energetic and had a wealth of knowledge about Egypt to share! He was also flexible to my needs as I had requests to visit to Khan El Khalili and a nearby restaurant that serves koshary. I at first did not want to go into one of the pyramids (Keop's son) but I'm glad he recommended it to me. Outstanding job by Ayman and his driver!
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Very nice day tour
Maelle, Jul 2021
Sightseeing Day Tour to Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Giza or Cairo
A very good tour with a professional and friendly guide and driver. Definitely worth the money. It exceeded my expectations! Thanks Ahmed Elsayed and Abdullah!

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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