In this article, we will exhibit all the Egyptian Museum tours you can do in Egypt. Also, we will describe how to get to the Egyptian Museum from different destinations.
History of the Egyptian Museum in Egypt
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities homes to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It has 120,000 pieces, with a representative amount on display, the remainder in storerooms. The Italian construction company Garozzo Zaffarani built the Egyptian Museum to a design by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon, in 1901. This large building is one of the largest museums in the region. As of March 2019, the museum is open to the public. In 2021 the Egyptian government decided to supersede it by the new Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza.
The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities contains many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history. It houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. The Egyptian government established the museum built in 1835 near the Ezbekieh Garden and later moved to the Cairo Citadel. In 1855, the Egyptian government gave Archduke Maximilian of Austria all of the artefacts. These artefacts are now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
Following the foundation of the new Antiquities Department under the direction of Auguste Mariette, a new museum was established in 1858. Previously, that place was used as a former warehouse at Boulaq. That building situated on the bank of the Nile River. In 1878, it suffered significant damage in a flood of the Nile River. Therefore, in 1891, the Antiquities Department decided to move the collections to a former royal palace, in the Giza district of Cairo. These collections remained there until 1902. For the last time, the Egyptian government moved it to the current museum in Tahrir Square. This museum was built by the Italian company of Giuseppe Garozzo and Francesco Zafrani to a design by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon.
Egyptian Museum Tours from Cairo
Tourists staying in Giza/Cairo hotels will find it is not far to get to the Egyptian Museum at Tahrir Square, Cairo. Habitually, tour operators arrange fantastic tours to these pyramids. The most popular tour among them is the one which comes with a historic visit to the Old Cairo district. This tour allows for seeing many monuments and attractions in Cairo. According to it, you will enjoy Cairo visiting Ancient Egypt exhibitions in the Egyptian Museum. What’s more, you will see the Islamic monuments e.g. Saladin Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque. Besides, the trip positively makes it possible to see the Christian and Jewish monuments in Cairo. For example, you will see the hanging church, other historic churches and synagogue. Otherwise, you will take a look at some Roman sights.
The following is a booking link to this tour:
Also, tour operators organise another tour to the Egyptian Museum. On this bus tour, tourists visit both the Egyptian Museum and the Pyramid Complex at Giza. This tour to the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo includes a visit to the three great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. Next, we’ll have lunch. Following lunch, you will see the Egyptian Museum. Before the end of the excursion program, you will make a shopping tour.
The following is a booking link to that tour to Giza Pyramids:
Egyptian Museum Tours from Hurghada
It is relatively far to visit the Egyptian Museum from Hurghada. There are two ways to get to this museum from Hurghada: by bus and by plane.
The most popular trip to the Egyptian Museum remains the one on a bus. On the tour to Cairo from Hurghada, you will see the great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Next, you will enjoy lunch. Following lunch, you will visit the Egyptian Museum. There are about 100 exhibition halls in this museum. These halls home a unique collection of about 150 thousand pieces. Before the end of this excursion, you will be able to make a Nile trip for an extra charge. The trip price includes entrance tickets and lunch. Please, check the following link to that trip: