In 1863 Khedive Ismail Pasha began constructing Abdeen Palace as the seat of his government and a symbol of Egypt's strength. It was a royal residence until the end of the monarchy in 1952 and is still used by the president for official events.
In 1936 King Ahmed Fouad I made part of the palace into a museum to house some of the objects in his collection. Subsequent rulers have enriched the collection, which now divided into five "museums": the Museum of Arms, the Presidential Gifts Museum, the Documents Museum, the Decorations and Medals Hall, and the Royal Silverware Museum.
Each room has a staff member present to provide explanations in Arabic, English, or French. Labels are in Arabic and English.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Open Daily 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
9:00 AM-3:00 PM during Ramadan
Egyptian: LE 2 (LE 1, students)
Foreign: LE 10 (LE 5, students)
Student rates available to bearers of a valid student ID from an Egyptian university or an International Student ID Card (ISIC)
Midan Qasr Abdeen
By Taxi: Ask for "'asr abdeen"
NOTE: the palace is large and has several entrances--be sure to ask if you are at "bab al-met-haf" to avoid a potentially long walk
cafeteria, gift shop, lecture room
Staff members are available in all rooms to provide explanations in Arabic, English, and French. A brochure in Arabic and English is also available upon request.
Digital images of historical documents in the collection are accessible upon request.
The hall contain small steps, but are wheelchair accessible.
Phone: (02) 2391-6909
Fax: (02) 2391-4029
Personal photography permitted with the purchase of a ticket (LE 5 Egyptian, LE 10 Foreign). NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED