Museums Tour (Self Guided), Alger

Alger, as the capital of Algeria, has always been exposed to international influences and ideas. This international flavor is evident in the city's museums. The museums also do a fabulous job of portraying Algerian traditions and character. Take this tour to experience Alger's museums that excel at illuminating the old and the new, the foreign and the local.
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Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums Tour
Guide Location: Algeria » Alger (See other walking tours in Alger)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bardo Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography
  • National Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Art
  • MAMA
  • Museum of Traditional Arts
  • Palace of Raïs
Bardo Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography

1) Bardo Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography (must see)

The Bardo Museum has been housed in a magnificent mansion since 1930. The museum has an unbelievable collection of prehistoric and ethnographic items. The building itself, as well as the 18th-century interior, will delight you. The museum's collection is arranged by age and theme. Some of the exhibits at the Bardo Museum are unique and extremely ancient. The collection includes a variety of fossils, paintings, furniture, leather items, weaponry, jewelry and costumes.
National Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Art

2) National Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Art (must see)

The National Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Art was established in 1897. It is the oldest museum in Algeria and Africa, and it covers the history of Algerian art for the past 2,500 years. In 1911, it was described as having "the finest collection of the kind in Algeria." The museum holds objects related to Algeria and Rome. The museum is located in the Park of Galland, also known as the Park of Freedom. The collection is divided into two sections. The first section includes classical antiques such as sculptures, mosaics and bronzes discovered at a range of archeological sites in Algeria. The second section is a collection of Muslim Occident and Near East art, which includes manuscripts, a collection of coins, carpets and ceramics.
Sight description based on wikipedia


MAMA, or the Algerian Museum of Modern Arts, opened in December 2007. The museum is housed in a Neo-Moorish structure built in 1909. Until it was transformed into a museum, the building served as a store that sold a wide range of artwork. When the museum replaced the store, the building underwent a restoration. All the interior walls were painted white, but the woodwork was left intact. Today, MAMA showcases contemporary pieces by Algerian and international artists.
Museum of Traditional Arts

4) Museum of Traditional Arts

The Museum of Traditional Arts in Alger is housed in Dar Khadoudja, a palace built by Ahmed Rais in 1572. The building was bought in 1789 by Hassan Khaznadji for his blind daughter Khadoudja. In 1860, Dar Khadoudja hosted Napoleon III and Eugénie during their stay in Alger. After their visit, the building was transformed into a museum. The interior remains as it was during the 19th century. The museum has a large collection of traditional Algerian musical instruments, carpets, and other local crafts. Palais Dar Khadoudja is open every day except Friday.
Palace of Raïs

5) Palace of Raïs (must see)

The Palace of Rais is one of the most treasured ancient monuments in the city. It was built in 1576 and was listed in Algeria as an ancient monument in 1909. The interior of the palace features elegant arches, columns and balustrades, all of them small works of art. In 1980, the Ministry of Culture decided to restore and preserve this monument, and the palace opened its doors to the public in 1994 as a museum of architecture, art and culture.

Walking Tours in Alger, Algeria

Create Your Own Walk in Alger

Create Your Own Walk in Alger

Creating your own self-guided walk in Alger is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Alger's Casbah Area

Tour of Alger's Casbah Area

Alger's Casbah, or citadel, once surrounded a majority of the city, protecting it from attack. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Casbah District charms with its narrow streets, bustling markets, winding stairs and historic mosques. Take this tour to visit a fascinating section of Alger and to learn about Algerian history.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Architectural Tour

Architectural Tour

Alger is a treasure trove of beautifully designed buildings. Structures with vastly different architectural styles sit side by side in harmony with their surroundings. Take this tour and explore Alger's history as reflected in its architecture.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 Km or 3.8 Miles
Tour of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts

Tour of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts

Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts, though not centrally located, are home to some of the most popular monuments in the city. Here you can visit the Monument of Martyrs, the Garden d'Essai and the Zoological Garden among other must-see landmarks. Take this tour to discover the highlights of Alger's El Madania and El Hamma Districts.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Religious Buildings

Religious Buildings

Alger is a highly religious city, which is reflected in the numerous mosques and other religious structures lining the streets. Most places of worship in Alger have a rich history and can provide you with a wealth of information regarding Algerian faith. Take this tour to visit some of Alger's most historic and fascinating places of worship.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles