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Collections & departments Department of Egyptian Antiquities

The Department of Egyptian Antiquities presents vestiges from the civilizations that developed in the Nile Valley from the late prehistoric era (c. 4000 BC) to the Christian period (4th century AD).

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The department and its research team

The Louvre houses one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities after the Egyptian Museum of Cairo. It is also one of the most diverse of the world’s great collections (Turin, Berlin, British Museum, Met, Boston, etc.), with masterpieces from every period. Highlights include sarcophagi and papyrus scrolls, stelae and other stone works, and bronzes.

The department’s curatorial team comprises:

- six curators for the Pharaonic section (about 50,000 works)
- one curator for the Roman section (about 4,500 works)
- two curators for the Coptic section (about 13,000 works)

There are 11 staff members working in the research team, many of whom are actively involved in research projects and publications within the department.

The curatorial team manages the study and preservation of the entire collection, with each member having a specific area of expertise, while the researchers tend to be versatile generalists. Although they are all fully trained Egyptologists, due to the size and scope of the collection, they cannot cover every aspect and are therefore required to call upon independent specialists as and when required.


To contact the Department of Egyptian Antiquities, please write to DocumentationDAE@louvre.fr

The resource center and library of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities will not be taking any appointments from October 30 up until December 1, 2020.

Practical information

In line with the measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Musée du Louvre and Musée National Eugène Delacroix are closed until further notice.
All those who have purchased a ticket for this period will automatically receive a refund—no action is required.
Thank you for your understanding.

The Tuileries and Carrousel gardens remain open.