This collection began in the sixteenth century by the Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria, a philanthropist and man who did a lot for the cultural development of Munich. This collection was located in the residence of Crown Prince Ludwig I and exhibited in the Egyptian Hall of the Antiquarium - Glyptotek. Glyptotek was later acquired by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, and the museum, with the support of the Bavarian government, was founded in 1970.
In June 2013, the museum’s expositions received a new building in front of the old art gallery on the Gabelsberger Strasse, tripling the previous exhibition space. Now they are located below ground level under the building of the Institute of Cinema and Television, designed by Peter Böhm, and comprise 1800 m2 of permanent exhibits and 400 m2 intended for temporary exhibitions.
This museum is known for being the only one in the world specializing in Egyptian art. His collection now contains about 8 thousand different samples of ancient art, of which about 2 thousand are exhibited. The entire collection covers the period of about 5 thousand years of the history of Egypt, as well as partially Nubia, Assyria and Babylonia.
The most famous of the museum's exhibits are: The head of the sphinx of Senusert III, a youthful portrait in the stone of Amenemkhet III, the head of the statue of Pharaoh Thutmose IV, a glass goblet of Thutmose III - the oldest man-made glass vessel from 1450 BC. e. Also presented is the posthumous cult of ancient Egypt - the sarcophagus of Prince Ankh-Or, the posthumous masks of some Egyptian nobles. A separate stand with an unprecedented alarm system demonstrates the priceless golden treasures of Princess Amani from her tomb.
Museum of Egyptian Art engaged in educational activities. It offers training programs and thematic excursions, both for students and professional for teachers, and those interested in ancient art.