Alexandria Museums

(Alexandria, Egypt)

Picture of the National MuseumThis city is a history buffs haven, with over half a dozen fascinating, quality museums on hand. Alexandria's museums provide the ideal background knowledge to complement a trip to some of the city's ancient sites, with hundreds of Greek and Roman antiquities on display.

The New Library of Alexandria is the city's museum hub, housing three of the city's most important learning centres.

Further photo of the National Museum

National Museum of Alexandria

Address: 110 Tariq al Horreyya, Alexandria, Egypt, EG
Tel: +203 483 5519
Housed in the old Bassili Pasha Palace on Fouad Street, this new museum boasts historic artefacts from several different periods of Egyptian history. From the Phoraonic period to the Graeco and Roman periods, museum-goers can explore treasures that have been excavated or found during the archaeological underwater excavations in Alexandria. The later eras of Coptic and Islamic Egypt are also covered upstairs.
Open hours: daily 09:00 - 16:00
Admission: charge

Antiquities Museum

Address: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Chatby, Alexandria, 21526, Egypt, EG
Tel: +203 483 9999
The only archaeological museum in the world to be housed in a library, the museum covers discoveries from ancient Egypt, as well as those from Greek and Roman settlements in Egypt. With over 1,000 artefacts on display, a trip to the Antiquities Museum complements a visit to the New Library of Alexandria perfectly.
Open hours: Sunday to Thursday 09:00 - 19:00; Fridays 13:00 - 19:00 and Saturdays 11:00 - 19:00
Admission: charge, discount for students, children under six free

Picture of the Planetarium Science Centre

Planetarium Science Centre

Address: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Chatby, Alexandria, 21526, Egypt, EG
Tel: +203 483 9999
House in the New Library of Alexandria, the Planetarium Science Centre focuses on physics and astronomy. Hands-on exhibits ensure children can access all that is to be found in the centre's three sections - The Planetarium, ALEXploratorium, and History of Science Museum. Learn more about cosmic mysteries, interact with science and trace the discoveries of the world's greatest scientific scholars.
Open hours: call for details
Admission: charge

Graeco Roman Museum

Address: 5 Al-Mathaf ar-Romani, Alexandria, Egypt, EG
Tel: +203 486 5820
Covering the Greek and Roman periods in Egyptian history, this small museum has an interesting collection of exhibits including statues, coins and other artefacts from nearby sites. Among the highlights at Alexandria's Graeco Roman Museum are a black granite statue of an Apis Bull and the god Serapis and mummies, including a mummified crocodile. There is also a small café in the courtyard offering refreshments.
Open hours: daily 09:00 - 17:30
Admission: charge