History of the Egyptian Museum in Egypt
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities houses an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. This vast museum has 120,000 pieces, with a representative amount on display, whereas the remainder is in storerooms. The Italian construction company Garozzo Zaffarani built the Egyptian Museum to a design by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon in 1901. The building is one of the largest museums in the region. Once again, as of March 2019, the museum started to open its door to the public. Finally, in 2021 the Egyptian government decided to supersede it by Giza’s new Grand Egyptian Museum.
The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities contains many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history. It houses the world’s most extensive 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 stands on the bank of the Nile River. Thus, in 1878, it suffered significant damage because of 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. Later, the Italian company of Giuseppe Garozzo and Francesco Zafrani built this museum 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 excursion among them is the one which comes with a visit to the historic 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.
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. After that, 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 tour to Cairo from Hurghada, you will see the great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Then, 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: