Egyptologists and Egyptomaniacs are fortunate in a way that fans of other subjects cannot boast: they can enjoy their passion close to home, even without traveling to Egypt. This is because there are numerous Egyptian museums The collections have been formed from private collections or by bilateral agreements with the African country after different excavation campaigns. In this post we tell you which are the most important ones.
Louvre Museum, Paris
This Paris museum is not exclusively dedicated to Ancient Egypt, but it does have one of the most important collections on the subject, largely the result of the famous expedition of
who accompanied Napoleon in the failed conquest of the country. Among its most famous pieces are the sculpture of the seated scribe or the sarcophagus of Ramses III.
British Museum, London
It is probably the most important museum dedicated to history. And one of the best represented periods is that of the Egyptian civilization. Here is the famous Rosetta Stone, discovered in 1799 and key to the decipherment of hieroglyphs. In addition, without leaving London, you can also visit another important museum dedicated entirely to this subject: the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.
Neues Museum, Berlin
Like the British Museum, it is devoted primarily to history as well as ethnography. It is one of the great stops of the Museum Island and its great attraction is undoubtedly the iconic bust of Nefertiti, queen of Egypt as wife of Akhenaten and canon of timeless and universal beauty. A sculpture that, by the way, is the subject of a dispute with the Egyptian government.
Egyptian Museum, Turin
If we look only at the Egyptian Egyptian museums located outside Egypt and dedicated exclusively to this civilization, this is probably the most important of all. Its three floors house collections of the highest level, highlighting the rich series of papyri and sarcophagi. In addition, it houses the Temple of Ellesiya, which was a gift from the Egyptian government for collaboration in the project of recovery of Abu Simbel
on the Lake Nasser.
Museum of Antiquities, Leiden
This museum in the Netherlands houses pieces from many ancient civilizations, the Egyptian ones being the most outstanding. In particular, the Temple of Taffa, which was also a gift of thanks for the recovery work at Abu Simbel.
Egyptian Museums in the United States
Of course, in the United States there is no shortage of Egyptian museums. This country houses large collections dedicated to this civilization, either exclusively or in rooms within more general museums. In this regard, one can cite the Metropolitan Museum in New York, where the Temple of Dendur is located. But also many others, such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Michigan or the Oriental Institute in Chicago.
In Spain, of course, there are also Egyptian museums of great interest, which we have discussed
in this other post The Egyptian Museum of Barcelona, the rooms of the National Archaeological Museum or the Temple of Debod in Madrid.