Algeria

A Journey Through Time and Culture

Welcome to our special focus on the museums of Algeria, brought to you by Africa.com. From the sun-soaked Mediterranean coast to the sweeping landscapes of the Sahara, Algeria stands as a land rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Its museums are portals that take you on a transcendent journey through time, giving you an intimate look at the country’s diverse cultural tapestry.


Ahmed Zabana National Museum, Oran

Named after a hero of the Algerian War of Independence, this museum hosts an impressive collection of historical artifacts, Islamic art, and modern Algerian art.

Ahmed Zabana National Museum

Named after a hero of the Algerian War of Independence, the Ahmed Zabana National Museum in Oran houses an impressive range of artifacts. This museum is particularly strong in Islamic art and modern Algerian art, offering an insightful journey through the nation’s history. From ancient Roman mosaics to contemporary pieces, the museum captures the cultural complexity of Algeria.

  • Address: M9W3+JG7, 19, Avenue Ahmed Zabana, Oran 31000, Algeria | Phone: +213 41 40 37 81 | Website

Archaeological Museum of Cherchell

Archaeological Museum of Cherchell
By Dalbera / J.P. Dalbéra from Nice, France – originally posted to Flickr as Le musée archéologique de Cherchell, CC BY 2.0,

Home to what are widely considered to be some of the best examples of Roman and Greek antiquities on the African continent. Cherchell was called Caesarea of Mauretania during the Roman empire, and was the rich capital of Roman Mauretania Caesariensis. Many artifacts from these various periods of Cherchell’s former history have been uncovered by archaeologists, a large number of which are on display in the Cherchell Archaeological Museum. Exhibits include works by Byzantine silversmiths, such as ornately decorated patera (vessels used for drinking), as well as intricately designed mosaics. It was during the Roman reign over Mauritania in 25 BC, under the leadership of Juba II, that a theater, library and other buildings were established in Cherchell (Caesarea). Juba II also gathered an impressive collection of artworks, particularly excellent examples of marble sculptures, along with a sculpture of the head of his wife, Cleopatra Selene II. Partial ruins of the Roman theater, Roman baths, and Civile Basilica are found on the outskirts of Cherchell.

  • Address: J55R+8FF, Cherchell, Algeria | Phone: +213 24 34 78 08 | Website

Bardo National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography, Algiers

One of the oldest museums in Africa, the Bardo Museum is housed in a stunning Ottoman-era mansion and offers an unparalleled view into Algeria’s prehistoric and ethnographic past.

Bardo National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography

The Bardo Museum in Algiers is one of the oldest museums in Africa, specializing in prehistory and ethnography. Housed in a stunning Ottoman-era mansion, it showcases a range of artifacts that offer a comprehensive view into Algeria’s rich and diverse past. The museum’s exhibits include collections of ancient pottery, traditional Berber jewelry, textiles, and more.

  • Address: 03, Ave Franklin Roosevelt, Sidi M’Hamed 16000, Algeria | Phone: +213 21 64 76 41 | Website

Museum of Antiquities, El Djazair

Museum of Antiquities

The Museum of Antiquities in Algiers is focused on archaeological finds from Algeria and other parts of the Mediterranean. The museum’s holdings include a wide range of objects dating from the Punic, Roman, Christian, and Islamic eras. The extensive collection provides a chronological story of Algeria’s history, making it a must-visit for history buffs.

  • Address: 03 Ave Franklin Roosevelt, El Djazair 16000, Algeria | Phone: +213 21 74 76 41

Museum of Modern Art of Algiers

Museum of Modern Art of Algiers

Located in the heart of Algiers, the Museum of Modern Art (MAMA) is a hub for contemporary Algerian and African art. The museum aims to promote modern and contemporary art practices, featuring a rotating selection of exhibitions and installations. It serves as a platform for emerging artists and offers an array of educational programs aimed at fostering an understanding and appreciation of modern art.

  • Address: 25 Rue Larbi Ben M’hidi, Alger Ctre 16002, Algeria | Phone: +213 21 71 72 52 | Website

Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, Casbah

Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions

The museum is housed in a former 16th-century Ottoman palace. The former Turkish residence was formerly known as Dar Bakri. The museum opened in 1961 and offers a detailed journey through the customs and traditions of Algeria, with exhibits such as artisan crafts and classical culture. It has a large collection of everyday Algerian objects, traditional cooking utensils, fabrics, jewellery, exquisite decorative elements and a range of beautiful artisan rugs and furnishings. In addition to the ethnographic collection, the museum keeps a photographic fund with over 20,000 items, including ancient photos, Ektachromes, diapositives and black and white photos.

  • Address: 9 rue Mohamed Akli Malek، Casbah 16000, Algeria | Phone: +213 21 43 99 08

Museum of the Revolution, Algiers

The museum displays a collection of memorabilia from Algeria’s war of independence against France. It was established in 1968 and was originally a village church. Among the exhibits are over 50 models of battles, walled cities, incidents and forts.

  • Address: Riadh El Feth, Algiers 16015, Algeria

National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers

National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers
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Located in the capital city of Algiers, the National Museum of Fine Arts is home to a collection of Algerian and European art that spans several centuries. With over 300 works on display, the museum offers a glimpse into Algeria’s aesthetic evolution as well as its interactions with European art movements. The museum itself is a piece of architectural beauty, set against the backdrop of the lush Botanical Garden of Hamma.

  • Address: P3WC+CWW, Rue Du Dr Laveran, Algiers, Algeria | Phone: +213 551 40 20 70 | Website

Cirta National Museum, Constantine

Named after the ancient Berber and Roman city upon which Constantine was built, the Cirta National Museum houses a range of artifacts that reflect the region’s diverse history. With a particular focus on Berber culture and Roman antiquities, the museum serves as a repository for the area’s rich archaeological finds. The museum provides context and educational materials that deepen visitors’ understanding of Constantine’s ancient past.

Museum of Antiquities, Algiers

The Museum of Antiquities in Algiers is focused on archaeological finds from Algeria and other parts of the Mediterranean. The museum’s holdings include a wide range of objects dating from the Punic, Roman, Christian, and Islamic eras. The extensive collection provides a chronological story of Algeria’s history, making it a must-visit for history buffs.

Tipasa Museum, Tipasa

Located near the archaeological sites of Tipasa, this museum offers a deep dive into the ancient history of the area. It features an array of artifacts from the Phoenician, Roman, and Byzantine periods, excavated from the neighboring ruins. The museum not only enriches the experience of visiting the nearby sites but also provides an understanding of the cultural diversity and historical significance of this region.

Tassili n’Ajjer National Park Museum

Situated within one of the most important national parks in Algeria, this museum offers essential context and interpretation to the prehistoric rock art found in the region. The Tassili n’Ajjer National Park Museum provides information on the Saharan ecosystem and the people who have lived in this harsh yet beautiful landscape. It serves as an educational preamble to exploring the extensive natural “galleries” of rock art in the park itself.


These are just a handful of the museums that Algeria has to offer, and each provides a unique perspective on the country’s rich and varied heritage.

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